Signs Of An Overly Stressed Employee
1. They Are Missing Work
When work is a major source of stress in your employee's life, it's easy for them to justify not showing up. If your employee is suddenly taking more PTO or sick days than usual, it may be a sign that they are stressed out and avoiding work.
2. The Quality Of Their Work Has Gone Down
Stress can have a big impact on the quality of an employee's work. If they are consistently receiving poor evaluations or they are no longer the workplace star they used to be, you should consider stress as a contributing factor.
3. Frequent Illness
Stress and illness go hand in hand, as it reduces the capability of your immune system to fight off illnesses. If you notice an employee getting sick often or complaining about chronic pain issues like headaches, stress may be a contributing factor.
4. Teamwork Issues
Working in a team can be difficult, and when you throw someone who is already stressed into the mix the team dynamic can be compromised. When someone is stressed they become more irritable and less agreeable, and neither of these are qualities that lend themselves to teamwork. If you notice a lot of friction within a team, consider the possibility that one or more of the employees is stressed out.
5. Poor Results From a Wellness Exam
It's always a good idea to encourage your employees to get yearly wellness exams. If you have access to your employee's health information consider looking for the telltale physical markers of stress like high blood pressure.
How To Increase Employee Wellness
1. Encourage Use of Sick Days
If an employee is sick, you do not want them to tough it out and come into work. Working through illness will just stress your employees out and they might even spread the illness to other employees. Make sure it's not a hassle for your employees to use their sick days.
2. Keep An Open Dialogue With Employees
Communication is a big part of any employee wellness initiative. Make sure your door is always open so your employees can come talk to you about what's stressing them out in the workplace.
3. Tactfully Encourage Exercise
Do encourage your employees to take walks on their breaks, but don't hold weight loss competitions that can stress an employee out further.
4. Hold Team Building Exercises
Teamwork is a big part of any workplace environment, and knowing how to effectively work with your colleagues can take some of the burden of work off your employee's backs and increase overall employee wellness.
5. Provide Healthy Snack Options
Snacks like candy and soda are not great for you. While you shouldn't bar these entirely, it's good to offer healthier alternatives like nuts or fresh fruit for those interested
At Summerlin-Roberts we know how important a healthy workplace is and we know how to make that a reality. Contact us today so we can help you create a healthier, happier, and more productive workplace.