This past week I have been researching the key elements that low stress workplaces exhibit, and how easy it is for workplace leaders to put often simple strategies into place, to enhance their environment and increase the company’s return on investment.

In one study, researchers at Microsoft were surprised to find workers who were putting in 16 hour days suffered no ill-effects. The researchers concluded that what made the difference for these Microsoft employees was control. Even though they often put in 16 hour days, these workers were not stressed as they still had CONTROL over when they worked and when they didn’t.

In some workplaces allowing certain team members to choose whether they work from their home or come to the office, can be a major game changer.

This Weeks Video…

Dr Judy Hinwood … How to Handle Stress Tool – 6 LAWS OF THE MIND

When you have the choice to either work from home or go to the office, then stress levels can dramatically drop for some people. Recently a father of young primary age children shared with me his sheer joy of now being able to go and spend an hour during the day in one of his kid’s classroom if he wished. Also, being able to attend swimming and athletics carnivals now meant that he no longer suffered anticipatory stress in the days leading up to his kid’s carnivals.

Working extra hours at home when his kids were doing their own thing, and he wasn’t constantly being interrupted by co-workers, meant in peace and quiet he could complete so much more work. The outcome was his boss was so happy with his increased work completion rate.

A study at iOpener Institute found that in mid-sized companies, happy workplaces had a 46% reduction in turnover, 19% reduction in the cost of sick leave, and 12% increase in performance and productivity. The happiest employees spent 46% more of their time focused on work tasks and felt 65% more energized than their colleagues. Happy workplaces create a de-stressing work environment.

Here are five major causes of stress at work…

  1. Low employee control. When pacing of work, how you do your job and when to take breaks are dictated by someone else.
  2. Role ambiguity. When you’re unclear what your duties are, how raises are given out and what they are given out for? You don’t know what’s important to do and what’s not.
  3. Low social support from supervisor. How helpful and caring is your supervisor? This can make a big difference in how much stress you experience at work.
  4. Negative social interactions. Bullying by co-workers and/or an abusive supervisor can be super stressful. Notice that an abusive supervisor is DIFFERENT from a supervisor who just isn’t caring. This points out the tremendous impact that the supervisor has on every single worker he supervises. And this makes a difficult boss doubly toxic.
  5. Low job security Constant threat of layoffs and downsizing can be debilitating.

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Comments ( 2 )

  • Louise

    Love it love it love it! Thanks Judy for the insight and this amazing tool, I will take on the challenge.

    • admin

      Awesome Louise. We can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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