We all experience stress at some time or another and it seems to increasingly be a part of everyday life, whether home related or at work. Everyone deals with it differently and some people manage to cope whilst others struggle. Either way, the affects can be devastating if pressures become too much, affecting your work life, homelife and even your health. Thankfully today there are a number of great charities that are driving awareness of mental health, the issues and causes and helping to slowly remove the stigma associated with it.
In recruitment, by the sheer nature of our work we speak to people that are often under increased levels of stress; Clients recruiting into their team are often coping with an increased work load, they may be covering 2 roles, or coping with changes in the team or their departmental structure. Candidates are often nervous about going to interviews or starting a new job. Any form of change increases the level of stress that we feel, and a crucial part of our role is to alleviate as much of that stress as possible, for both client and candidate.
Here are some of our top tips for employers and employees to help manage stress in the work place:
4 Things employers can do to reduce stress for employees:
- Offer flexible working to help reduce commute times or fit in with personal commitments at home
- Encourage employees to take short breaks. Taking five minutes to walk around can help staff think more clearly and deal with problems more calmly, increasing levels of productivity.
- Offer time management Effective time management can help you structure your time, help you to feel more in control of tasks and stop you from feeling overwhelmed by tasks.
- Encourage healthy eating by introducing a free fruit bowl for staff
4 Things individuals can do to keep stress in check:
- Having a good support network and being able to talk things over with friends, family or colleagues is really important, and can help you see things from a different perspective.
- Take regular physical exercise. Physical activity won’t make stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you are feeling. It also releases endorphins in the brain which are proven to positive impact on your mood.
- Adopt healthy eating Avoid excess sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed carbohydrates, excess caffeine and alcohol. Make time to plan healthy meals and snacks preparing food in advance.
- Work smart. Like the saying “Where there is a will there is a way” you need to know what you want to achieve in order to achieve it, so set yourself clear, realistic achievable goals.
By being able to talk about and recognise the early signs of stress within ourselves and our colleagues we stand a greater chance of minimising the negative impact it can have on our health, our friends or family, colleagues and productivity at work.
A sample of mental health charities offering support and advice: