Five reasons your employees are showing signs of stress

Did you know that four out of every ten employees are shouldering extra responsibilities at work? On average, they're juggling an additional five tasks on top of their regular duties according to our recent poll of 2,000 UK workers. And it's not just seasoned employees feeling the weight – nearly a quarter of workers find themselves with added responsibilities within their first three months on the job.

Workplace stress can be a real barrier to productivity and employee satisfaction. This, in turn, can lead to high attrition rates and can impact the bottom line.

Understanding and alleviating workplace stress is key to unlocking productivity and fostering a positive work culture. And so, it is important to recognise the contributing factors of workplace stress and take steps to reduce stress among employees, wherever possible.

Causes of stress in the workplace

Here are five common stressors in the workplace and actionable strategies to address them:

1. Poor communication

Good communication is the glue that holds teams together. Whether it's sharing goals, providing feedback, or clarifying expectations, clear communication builds trust and boosts morale. Encourage open dialogue and ensure everyone feels heard and valued.

2. Over or under management

Finding the sweet spot between micromanaging and hands-off leadership is crucial. Understand your team's preferences and provide the right level of support and autonomy. Trusting your employees while offering guidance fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment.

3. Overworking employees

Overwork can lead to burnout and decreased productivity. And here's the kicker: Almost half (49%) of hardworking individuals go the extra mile without any bonus or extra time off, and 51% don't see any additional perks despite their dedication.

Keep an eye on your team's workload and redistribute tasks when necessary. Setting realistic expectations, clear roadmaps for reward and recognition, and promoting time management skills helps prevent stress overload.

4. Lack of support

No one should feel like they're navigating challenges alone. Establish a supportive environment where seeking help is encouraged and resources are readily available. From mentorship programs to employee assistance services, ensure your team knows they're supported.

5. Poor work-life balance

It's not all about work – employees need time to recharge and pursue personal interests. Encourage a healthy work-life balance by respecting boundaries and promoting flexible schedules. Remember, a well-rested and fulfilled team is a more productive one.

What's next?

By addressing these stressors head-on, businesses can create a more resilient and motivated workforce. Investing in employee well-being isn't just the right thing to do – it's essential for long-term success in today's competitive landscape.

For more employer advice, take a look at the other articles in our employer centre.

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