Top 10 tips for relieving stress at work with tech - #StressAwarenessWeek
Why well-being should be a part of your workplace strategy
Some people think well-being strategies are ‘a nice to have’. You may have employees or colleagues who are very skilled and resilient, so why would your workplace need them?
But according to the biggest survey on the impact of stress published during May this year, three in four Britons feel overwhelmed by stress. While a small amount of stress can be good for motivating employees to work towards a goal, too much can make it difficult for employees to:
· Make decisions and problem solve
· Think calmly and logically
· Stay motivated and confident
· Get enough sleep and eat right
· Regulate their emotions
These symptoms can all have an impact on whether your organisation has high staff turnover, more sickness absences, more complaints or grievances and decreased performance from your overall workforce. Having a reputation for being a stressful workplace could also impact on your ability to recruit the best talent.
How you can improve workplace well-being with technology
If used in moderation there are lots of apps, programmes and tech tools that can help you make you and your team happier and healthier.
1. The first step to stress management is to empower employees to find the source of their stress. MyMoodTracker is an app that can help you track your moods and emotions and lets you track things like your sleep, medication, and exercise/activity to see if those things have a factor.
2. Reporting incidents of bullying or harassment can be very distressing as some employees feel it can lead them to being victimised. This barrier could be overcome with apps such as STOPit or Callisto, which allow you to anonymously report harassment or bullying and find the right support.
3. Disagreeing with a boss or line manager can make some employees anxious about how it will impact their relationship, but one of the ways this can be managed is through The Making Conflict Work app. It can guide you through how to deal with disagreements and help reach your goal for having the conversation.
4. Miscommunication and inadequate training can lead to mistakes which can impact the entire team – so it is a good idea to make sure that your training processes are clear and accessible. Most people can remember only 10-20% of spoken word or text, but can recall 80% of what they see and do – so it may be a good idea to check if How Do I’s video enabled learning tools can improve your training and onboarding processes.
5. British people work an average of 469 unpaid hours a year. While it is sometimes unavoidable for employees to work overtime, it can lead to: poor health, occupational injury, reduced quality of life and burnout. It may be wise to keep track of how much time employees spend at work with the Harvest or Monday app so if an employee regularly has paid or unpaid overtime, you can use the data from the app as a discussion starter about work/life balance.
6. A 2017 survey by the Jo Cox Commission found that nine million people in the UK are effected by workplace loneliness. Technology shouldn’t be a replacement for human interaction, but apps like Slack can be a great way for organising team bonding events or giving a colleague a way to connect with their coworkers if they’re unable to do it face-to-face.
7. If you have a busy team scheduling time to meet can also be stressful, especially if you urgently need to pass on information so your colleagues can progress and achieve objectives. Using HR software can help you coordinate everyone’s calendars to avoid the stress of having to reschedule meetings and cuts down the amount of time spent trying to figure out when everyone is free.
8. If the source of stress is temporary and can’t be dealt with immediately – encourage employees to distract themselves from it by taking a small break every now and then to play Stack, or whichever coping mechanism they would like to use to help them recharge.
9. Building resilience can also be a vital way of preventing stress at work and give employees the skills they need to ‘bounce back’ from problems. For example, apps like Pacifica can help you practice mindfulness.
10. You can raise awareness about mental health and how to build resilience by sharing resources from the internet. For example, I learned about resilience from the video below:
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ZEINAB ALI – DIGITAL MARKETING AND PROJECT ASSISTANT FOR HOW DO I?
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