Many people find it difficult to manage their stress levels. If you’re a manager or a business owner, you not only have to manage your stress levels; you also have to manage your team’s levels of stress. How do you deal with their discontentment, feelings of burnout and high anxiety levels especially now when Working From Home is present everywhere.

The reality is that this new-paced Work From Home environment is unlikely to change anytime soon. Therefore, if you want to bring contentment and peace to your employees and team members, you need to consider implementing an array of developmental activities that will help you and your employees to become resilient, engaging, and productive for your business to succeed.

One way is to place some attention on the employees’ development and personal growth. This is most important while everyone Works From Home. It is entirely possible for managers to inspire a workforce to become productive, healthy and happy. And, the way they do this is to allow employees to be creative, reveal their potential and support their productivity. The good news is that there are several practical, easy-to-incorporate measures that will help boost personal development – and they don’t cost a lot, don’t take a plethora of resources and don’t require a great deal of time.

Easy Methods That Can Reduce Stress for Employees that Work From Home

Give Employees Chances to Break Away from Work  The “always thinking about working” mindset doesn’t take any recovery time into consideration.  Everybody needs to take a break from their job – it doesn’t matter what profession they are in. Boundaries are in order here, especially with so many WFH these days. Step away from a project after 45 minutes; create time for exercise, eat your lunch at the table – all easy to do yet not available when at the office.

Train the Brain to Address the Stress For your employees to be more productive and creative, consider training their brains to address their stress. With a little brain training, you help your employees to generate healthy mental habits that can increase their level of productivity – both in their work and social life. When working from home, there is a tendency to not take breaks for anything. Many employees actually find themselves working more when they WFH.

People need to rejuvenate so they can refocus Work should not be treated like a marathon – who can get the most work done in this amount of time. Instead, it should be treated as a sprint. The most important factor is the work they do, not how many hours they spend working.  Avoid falling into the trap of thinking quantity is more important than quality.  This is especially an issue regarding Work From Home times. Ask yourself if there is something you can do to help your employees do higher-quality work in less time, anything to help reduce their stress

Be Compassionate and Empathetic A boss who is compassionate and empathetic toward their employees, contractors and vendors will have people who are willing to go above and beyond to help the business succeed. They’ll be more productive, focus intently on a job to ensure it’s done right and will regularly engage virtually and digitally with one another and customers. This will lead to a better company bottom line even while they Work From Home.

If you listen to what your employees and contractors have to say – listen to their feedback, concerns, and suggestions – you can still encourage them to cooperate with you and with each other even while they Work From Home. This action will also make for better teams and less stress for you.

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Joanne Victoria