10 top tips for managing stress at work

It’s Stress Awareness Month this April. The month is all about raising awareness of stress, its causes and cures.

Stress in the workplace can have devastating effects on mental health and productivity. Here are some of our top tips for how to manage stress at your workplace.

Think realistic

It’s not possible, nor indeed desirable, to ‘stress-proof’ your workplace. However, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of unnecessary stress occurring:

  1. Prioritise work. Ensure unnecessary tasks are eliminated. Prioritise important tasks over others.
  2. Ensure your team are adequately trained. Regularly review their training needs and what is expected of them.
  3. Give people control over the work they do. Encourage them to take responsibility for how they do the work.
  4. Try to ensure people have variety in the work they do.
  5. Be aware of any signs of conflict within the team. Be ready to intervene to resolve any issues.
  6. Look out for signs of bullying behaviour and deal with it directly.
  7. Communicate regularly and clearly. This will make sure everyone is clear about what is happening
  8. Make sure individuals work to clear, agreed objectives. Review these periodically to ensure they remain up to date.
  9. Provide regular, constructive feedback. Not just at appraisal time but on a more frequent basis.
  10. Encourage a healthy work-life balance. Ensure that staff take their annual leave and discourage your team from taking work home in the evenings or at weekends.