3 Tips for Reducing Workplace Stress in 2014

Reducing stress is a goal of just about everybody in the employment workplace—and that definitely includes managers and team leaders.

In fact, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive for Everest College earlier this year, 83% of American workers say they feel stressed out by their jobs.  That’s an increase of 10% over 2012.

If you’re a manager or team leader, you know that stress can contribute to employee burnout and contribute in a negative fashion to the company’s turnover rate.  So as we stand at the threshold of 2014, what can you do to reduce workplace stress in the New Year?

Below are three tips for doing just that:

  1. Strive to keep a “healthy perspective.”  This is something you should do both individually and as a part of your team.  A “healthy perspective” can mean a lot of things, including a satisfying work-life balance and opportunities for training and education.
  1. Maintain a “steady hand.”  Your team members take their cue from you.  If you react to adversity with anger and impatience, they’ll be prone to do the same.  Confidence and a positive attitude are more preferable.  Nothing is ever as bad as it seems . . . or as good as it seems, either.
  1. Invest in human interaction.  Connecting with each other can build feelings of camaraderie on your team, and one of the best ways to do that is to have fun together.  This could take the form of an office party (for reaching a production goal, perhaps) or a similar event.

Every year, it seems like stress rises in the workplace.  However, you can take steps to ensure that it doesn’t rise in your department or with your team in 2014.

Heed the tips listed above and do all you can to make the New Year your best year ever!

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