Expert Speak: How To Keep Your Team Motivated During This Pandemic
At some point in time, we’ve all felt the pressure of an upcoming office deadline after an already chaotic day. A little pressure is normal, but if it persists, it can wreak havoc, both psychologically and physiologically.
Owing to the excessive pressure and fear of losing the job, employee stress has become a growing concern in organisations today. What can you do about it?
Stress is not always negative. It can also bring out the best in an employee. However, in most cases, uncontrollable stress is experienced by employees at work that leads to physical impacts such as raised blood pressure, sleep disturbances and prolonged headaches. It also impairs cognitive ability and efficiency.
What can an organisation do for the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of the employee? How can they create an environment for the employee to thrive?
With the growing complexity in organisations today, there are various organisational factors that contribute to employee stress. Some of them include:
- Strict rules and regulations
- Peer pressure
- Ineffective communication
- Goals ambiguity
- Lack of promotional opportunities
- Low pay-scales
Stress Management In The Workplace – Role Of An Organisation
Employee stress can affect performance. If employers don’t take steps to address these concerns, it encourages absenteeism, lower overall productivity, lack of motivation and a negative work environment, deteriorating health and improper eating habits.
Here’s what an organisation can do:
To promote workplace health, wellness programs are necessary. An employee workplace program can include offering fitness activities like group yoga, meditation, gym facilities or membership, group participation and training for marathons even if it starts with a 5K run, engaging with wellness practitioners over regular intervals who can educate and monitor the employee’s physical health, medical check-ups, and creating workshops catered around mental wellness, having town hall and coffee table meetings with the management team, or engaging in team outings, team-building activities and employee training programs.
Employee Assistance Programmes
An EAP is a work-based intervention programme that is designed to assist employees in resolving personal problems that can adversely affect their performance.
When an organisation encourages a decentralised structure, employees are more likely to feel motivated and this further boosts their overall morale too as they feel more independent to act and decide.
Create A Safe And Secure Working Environment
Studies reveal that positive work cultures are more productive. Foster social connections and empathy to truly show your employees that you care. When there are strict rules and regulations and a regimented approach, there is likely to be descent and demotivation. There can always be exceptions to the rules, it gives some breathing space for the employee to fit in their personal work that sometimes comes in-between their office time. This enables a more open approach to adopt.
When the employee feels heard with empathic HR team members, it adds to the employee’s confidence. Treating the employees with trust rather than doubt is an important confidence-building tool. Giving pregnant working women priority parking, and creating enclosed office space for feeding mothers, offering creche facilities to young mothers, offering employees flexible working hours or work from home facility on need basis are some of the ways to create that positive working vibe.
Encourage Employee Participation
Encourage and enrol employees to participate in an organisation’s decision-making process. The decision can be work-related and decisions like what clubs and activity to have outside of work. It creates a family-like culture in the organisation. This will work a long way in making a cheerful and positive work environment and reduce the air of stress.
A great way to keep employees on their toes is by recognising them for their efforts. The appreciation need not always be in cash or kind. Words are equally if not more important. When an employee feels they have a personal rapport with their employer, they’re more likely to be engaged and might feel appreciated when their work gets noticed.
We totally get it that it’s hard to manage both work and wellness. However, if organisations are looking to negate employee stress, they have to implement measures that will encourage increased productivity, better communication and morale, and retention of valued talent.