Managing employee stress in the workplace

According to global statistics approximately 80% of individuals feel stressed at work or about work. These statistics are alarming as stress is a principal reason for reduced efficiency and performance. Stressed employees are less likely to effectively tackle problem-solving exercises, make decisions, and work in a group. The list of adverse effects of stress doesn’t stop there but in general it reduces the overall potential of the organization as a whole. So what can be done to change this? At an individual level, maybe change of jobs? However at the level of the organization this is highly improbable. The key to this lies in creating a better work culture. Every organization has a unique culture which it expects its employees to follow. This culture is learned in two ways; one, it is imbibed during training modules or so called active learning, and two, it is learned passively through observation and participation. Passive learning depends on the individual and is hard to target. So to change the work culture the target should be the training modules, which can be designed based on the organization’s requirements. What about the most effective strategy for stress reduction? Well the answer to this lies in mindfulness based interventions. Easy to implement and associated with the best results with respect to employee well-being and performance, mindfulness training is definitely a low investment high yield method of improving employee effectiveness in an organization. With stress increasing with each generation of employees, the time has come to put mindfulness based interventions into practice at the workplace.

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