Reduce Stress By Opening Communication Lines

July 31st, 2015

A survey last year found that the top three reasons employees leave their jobs were low pay, limited opportunities for advancement, and work stress. Organizational issues often prevent managers from being able to do anything about the first two, but there are low- and no-cost steps managers can take to reduce stress at the office.

Share Information With Employees

Have an open-door policy, literally. Employees need to know they can bring any issue to you, so be open to subject matter as well. And don’t wait for employees to bring all their concerns to you. Chatter on the grapevine and rumors cause a great deal of stress, as well as distracting employees from completing their jobs. Whenever possible, let employees know what’s going on with respect to internal changes like reorgs and restructuring.

Avoid Blaming Sessions

It’s hard to discuss issues openly when there’s an environment of criticism and blame. Feedback is necessary, but it should be given in a beneficial manner that can positively shape future behavior, not focused on placing blame for bad results. Be prepared for a two-way conversation, and be open to genuinely hearing the employee’s point of view.

Encourage Interaction Among Staff

Be sure to encourage communication within teams as well as up and down the corporate ladder. Make sure to include real-life social interactions. In a company where the only communication between staff members is via email, nobody really knows anybody and the work environment remains impersonal. Casual interactions let employees get to know each other as people, and encourage a supportive environment that reduces work stress. Management can plan departmental outings, but grass roots, spontaneous interactions are more meaningful, so look the other way next time you catch your team shooting the breeze instead of cranking out code.

The increased work level when someone quits increases the workload and stress on everyone else in the office. Minimize the extra stress by replacing the employee as quickly as possible. Work with an experienced staffing agency like InReach IT Solutions to find a large pool of qualified candidates. Contact us to find out how we can help you make a new hire and reduce the stress of your existing employees.