4 Factors That Trigger Employee Stress in the Workplace

According to the National Institute of Safety and Health, over 40 percent of people reported that their job was stressful or extremely stressful. Over 29 percent of people reported that they felt extremely stressed at work. Good employers should be taking the stress levels of their employees into consideration and planning ways to help lower stress in the workplace.

Eliminate Intrinsic Dangers

Many workers report that there are intrinsic dangers that are inherent in doing their job. While not all workplace dangers can be eliminated, meeting regularly with your employers and allowing them to voice their safety concerns is a great place to start as they may have super ideas about how to make their jobs safer. Take a realistic attitude toward the amount of time pressure you are putting on each employee. See if there is a way that you can divide the workload in a more realistic manner. Hire a commercial cleaning service to make sure that the work environment stays spotless.

Develop Clear Work Guidelines

Many people report that they do not understand how they can move up in the company. Others report they feel stressed because they do not clearly understand what their job entails. Still, others report that they feel stress because they do not have a good life-work balance. Writing company guidelines is a great place to start eliminating a lot of these stresses. The guideline should clearly spell out how you expect employees to behave away from the office along with clear guidance on how they can move forward.

Put into Place Objective Goals

Your employees should be well informed about the goals that you want your company to meet over the short-and-long course. Yet, many employees report that they feel stressed because they do not understand how their job responsibilities align with meeting those goals. Meeting with everyone to explain how their goals fit into the overall picture can help. Make sure that you are giving pay raises and promotions based on preassigned criteria so that people know what they must do to be considered. Create an open-door policy allowing employees to voice their concerns while receiving guidance from you.

Build Better Relationships

Make a large portion of your manager’s evaluations their ability to manage others. Then, seek feedback from those working under them regularly. Plan team building activities to allow employees to get to know each other better. You may be surprised what hidden talents lay on your team unless you allow someone the freedom to express themselves. Watch for signs that someone is feeling overly stressed and have a private conversation with them about what you can do to help solve the problem.

While it is impossible to eliminate all stress in the workplace. Use these ideas and your own ingenuity to help lower everyone’s stress levels at work.

Guest author Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.

Make Employee Satisfaction and Productivity A Priority

Employee satisfaction and productivity are fundamental to the success of any business. Listed below are several ideas to motivate your employees and significantly improve the success of your employee engagement initiatives.

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Remember the importance of regular and constructive feedback

One of the most effective ways to increase the productivity of your employees and boost their motivation is by offering regular and helpful feedback. Endeavor to provide constructive feedback which incites your employees to work harder and improve, as opposed to blunt criticisms which will only deplete their motivation and spark resentments. This is not to say that your feedback must always be positive, but it does mean that your feedback must always be constructive. Aim to inspire your employees to work towards an objective, and regard feedback as a means of helping them to achieve this objective rather than just berating them. Use feedback sessions to demonstrate to employees where they were going wrong and illustrate methods through which they can improve. In this manner, employees will leave feedback sessions with an incentive to apply these methods and improve, rather than feeling disheartened. Moreover, by helping your employees, they will feel more confidence seeking your advice in future; thereby avoiding any issues which may have arisen later due to their lack of knowledge regarding a particular issue.

Provide clear employee roles and objectives

If you allocate clear and concise roles and objectives to your employees regarding what you expect them to do, and what they can expect other employees to do, then both your business and your employees will have structure and purpose. Sarah Maynard states how “it is important to remember that each team member is a part of the team for a reason – they are competent in their specialty. Therefore, by defining clear employee roles, you offer individual members of your workforce to exercise their expertise and take pride in their work”. Employees will work more diligently and productively if they feel their work is appreciated and held in high regard. Not only do these clear roles enable employees to work on their individual roles more competently, but it means they will also know who to turn to when they need information or help on a specific aspect of a project. If your employees know their specific roles and aims, as well as the roles and aims of the other members of their team, your company can function with structure and cogency.

Communication is key

Whether you are running an international corporation or a start-up business, it is crucial you equip your employees with efficient communication resources. Paul Williamson of Realia Marketing argues that “the need for internal communication is arguably as great as the need for external communications”. Therefore, you should provide your employees with online communication tools such as instant messaging and project management resources so that your workforce can be connected and communicative at all times. In this way, your employees can be notified immediately of any project updates or changes, irrespective of where they are located within your business. The majority of employee disputes and issues are a result of a lack of communication. Subsequently, by providing employees with a direct channel of communication between one other, you can eradicate communication-related conflicts and inspire confidence within your employees.

Offer employee incentives

If your employees feel valued, they will possess a greater motivation to work efficiently. A great way to show you value your employees is by offering employee incentives and rewards. The best incentives are those which impact individual employees the most, therefore design incentives which reflect their ambitions. For instance, you could place an employee in charge of an important project or presentation, or offer them the opportunity to train in another department. Ultimately, if your employees feel their skills, and themselves personally, are being valued by the company, consequently your workforce will be more productive and committed to the advancement of your business.

Guest post by George Campbell
Freelance Writer
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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Wheel of Instructional Objectives

Do you write learning outcomes/objectives for your content or courses? I think the “Wheel of Objectives” is useful to help find activities to match objectives.

http://teaching.uncc.edu/learning-resources/articles-books/best-practice/goals-objectives/writing-objectives

I found other resources that could also be useful!

http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2009/07/use-blooms-taxonomy-wheel-for-writing.html

Bloom’s Digital Wheel