(403) 210-2927    Get SUPPORT

OnSite I.T. Blog

OnSite I.T. has been serving the Alberta area since , providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Stress Makes Your Employees and Business Suffer

Stress Makes Your Employees and Business Suffer

While the hope is that the office will be a haven of productivity and collaboration, it is also a prime breeding ground for huge amounts of stress. While different people may react differently to stress, it ultimately will hold a business back if left unchecked. In this blog, we’ll explore different kinds of stress, and how you can reduce it in your business.

Why We Feel Stress
Stress is the body’s natural response to unideal situations, its way of preparing to either fight or take flight. During the times of our development, this instinct undoubtedly saved many of our ancestors, but in modern times, this survival tool is somewhat mismatched with the office environment. What’s worse, experts now acknowledge a third response to stress that is particularly detrimental to success in a productivity-focused work environment. This third response is called dysregulation, but more commonly known as freezing up.

While each of these responses had their use at one point, none of them will help the stressed individual today remove themselves from the cause of their stress (or their stressor). Furthermore, the brain sees stress as stress, no matter what causes it. Therefore, physical stress can easily have adverse effects on one’s mental state, and emotional stress can seem physically exhausting.

The Types of Stress, and Where They Come From
The workplace is often notorious for being a stress-filled environment for assorted reasons. The company culture, the workload, and the experience of being in the office itself can compound with the personality and tendencies of each employee to generate stress in different ways. There are plenty of different stressors that can be mixed, as well. They include:

  • Physical Stressors - As their name suggests, these are environmental conditions that cause some physical duress, in this way generating stress. Some examples include irritating noises, the presence of an unpleasant or hazardous substance, or even uncomfortable ergonomics.
  • Social Stressors - These stressors come from any interpersonal concerns that can cause friction, especially when spending extended periods of time in each other’s company or from an abuse of one’s actual or perceived authority over another. This can be caused by a supervisor abusing their influence, a coworker overstepping boundaries, harassment taking place, or even a client or customer acting poorly.
  • Traumatic Stressors - As their name suggests, these stressors are those caused by some event that created mental, emotional, and quite possibly physical pain. Disastrous events are often the root cause of these, but a work-related disaster can have the same effect.
  • Career Stressors - Careers are generally stressful things, with no shortage of circumstances that can create a negative experience for a worker. These include a perceived lack of job security, a sense of self-underachievement, or simply a lack of opportunity in their given role. Other stressors can also be tied closely to career influences.
    • Task Stressors - The responsibilities a worker has can contribute to their stress, whether they are being pressured to complete them, simply have too many on their plate, are frequently pulled away to do other things, or are either overqualified or underqualified to do them.
    • Role Stressors - An employee’s given role is often a source of some stress. If their professional role and their role at home clash, they can be stressed, as they can if their role in the office isn’t explicitly clear.
    • Schedule Stressors - Inconsistent and variable work hours, extended and uninterrupted sessions, and long hours spent working overtime are all notorious sources of work-related stress due to scheduling.
    • Organizational Change Stressors - Change isn’t always a welcome thing, especially when there was some sense of comfort before the changes were made. Therefore, when new technology is introduced, companies begin to merge, or there are whispers of downsizing, the workplace can become much more stressful - and this additional stress can bleed into the other kinds of work-related stressors, exacerbating them.

One or more of these stressors could very likely be causing each member of your business some degree of distress, likely affecting their well-being, general wellness, and performance in a negative way. However, there are things that you can do within your company to help reduce the stress generated by work procedures, increasing employee happiness and maintaining their productivity.

Mitigating Stresses
Fortunately, relieving your office of some of its tension doesn’t require huge projects and grand, sweeping changes. Just encouraging your employees to move around more can create noticeable benefits, as their pent-up stress has an outlet to be worked out through, so support them in walking around during breaks. In addition to the exercise, you may find that your employees may grow closer to their coworkers.

Communicating more clearly with your team about goals and expectations will help to ease tension as well. Plus, by shaping your messages to your staff to be more positively charged and empowering, you not only encourage them to complete their tasks, but also to take pride in what they produce.

You shouldn’t be afraid to have a little fun in the office, either. Showing appreciation by hosting company lunches and allowing your employees to bring in their pets on certain days eases up on some of the tension in the office. Even something as small as switching entirely to decaf coffee in the break room after lunch can make people less stressed and stimulated in the afternoon.

However, some stress may need some major changes made to effectively remedy it - but you may find that these changes can also benefit your business in other ways. For example, reexamine the meetings that are being held, as well as who is sitting in as an attendee. Are there employees spending valuable time on repetitive, ultimately redundant meetings instead of accomplishing the goals you have established for them? Eliminating these meetings and providing your employees with the tools they need to successfully reach the goals you’ve set for them will keep productivity moving forward, as well as streamline communications to take place among those who need to be in-the-know.

Of course, we also did mention how stress can be caused by the introduction of new technology, but that is mostly if this technology is introduced without warning. Introducing new technology can also help relieve the stress that outdated systems and problematic “solutions” create.

That’s where we come in. At OnSite I.T., one of our specialties is to equip businesses like yours with solutions that make their responsibilities easier to fulfill. Want to find out more about what we can do for you and your employees? Call (403) 210-2927 today.

How Alexa Can Become Your Most Valuable Employee
Intro to Your Tech: Protocol
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, July 20 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Privacy Network Security Business Computing Cybersecurity Technology Tech Term Smartphones Hardware Internet Wi-Fi Malware Ransomware Android Communications IT Support Cloud Microsoft Business Management Passwords Managed IT services Applications Backup Mobile Devices Email Data Small Business Employer-Employee Relationship Google Computers Productivity Business Data Breach Social Media Wireless Charging Wireless Gmail VoIP Artificial Intelligence Internet of Things Networking Outsourced IT Computer Cortana Managed IT Service Communication Government Virtual Assistant Software VPN IT Services Phishing Data Protection Save Money Cost Management Data Management Excel Saving Money Patch Management Tech Terms Router Remote Computing Business Intelligence Collaboration Network Browser Blockchain Innovation Smartphone Windows 10 Content Filtering RAM HP Facebook Database Virtualization Amazon Automation Sports Websites Sales Microsoft Teams Document Management Twitter IT budget Cybercrime Server Chrome Workplace Tips Lead Generation Tablet Company Culture Paperless Office Inventory Tactics Plug-In Machine Learning Connectivity Dongle Knowledge Managed IT Services Managing Stress Digital Mobile Security Telephony Law Enforcement Marketing Hackers Streaming Media Bandwidth Tip of the week G Suite Edge Operating System IT Management Maintenance Voice over IP Telecommute Downloads WannaCry BDR Office 365 User Tip Bring Your Own Device Internet Explorer Holiday File Sharing Data loss Trends HIPAA Data recovery Hard Drives Spam Hybrid Cloud Analytics Environment Threat How To eCommerce A.I. Hard Drive Technology Tips Comparison Hosted Solutions Cables e-waste Network Attached Storage Printing Apple Online Shopping Virus User Security Movies Processors Data Backup Specifications Physical Security disposal Telecommuting Voice over Internet Protocol Password Paper iPhone Antivirus Safety Apps Conferencing Vulnerability Backup and Disaster Recovery Laptop Value Workers Efficiency Ink Settings Staff Business Technology Office Big Data Unified Communications Spyware SSD Millennials Users Information User Tips Server Management PowerPoint Battery Cloud Computing Miscellaneous Upgrade Search Windows 10 Presentation Wireless Technology 5G Managed Service Provider IBM Alert Hacker Proactive IT Microsoft Office Customer Relationship Management IP Address Remote Monitoring and Management Website Remote Monitoring Customer Service Mobile Office Domains Mobile Device Management Public Speaking Two-factor Authentication Lithium-ion battery Augmented Reality Tech Support The Internet of Things Productivity Hiring/Firing Budget Gadgets Competition Fun