HR Professionals should engage management and senior executives to work together in order to alleviate stress within the workplace. An organization's employees are its greatest asset, and when that asset is stressed or unmotivated, it affects the business' bottom line and compounds challenges the company may already be facing.
Edison, NJ (PRWEB) September 29, 2009
CheckPoint HR, the trusted ally in web-based Human Resources management for small to mid-sized companies, offers the following tips to HR professionals to help alleviate workplace stress within an organization.
Workplace stress can impact overall productivity leaving employees distracted and, in some cases, cause medical conditions. "Managing employees in a stressful environment can be difficult," said Michelle Moylan, HR Specialist with CheckPoint HR. "HR Professionals should engage management and senior executives to work together in order to alleviate stress within the workplace. An organization's employees are its greatest asset, and when that asset is stressed or unmotivated, it affects the business' bottom line and compounds challenges the company may already be facing."
1. Improved Communication
HR professionals should encourage executives and mangers to keep employees informed and to facilitate open dialogue. Sharing information and expectations can help keep employees focused and reduces uncertainty about their jobs and futures. Acknowledge from a business perspective how a stressful environment can impact the organization. In addition, providing employees with an opportunity to voice their ideas, questions, or concerns--companies can better manage the morale and productivity of the workforce.
2. Engage Employees
Give employees the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect their jobs. HR professionals should consult with employees about scheduling and work rules. Encourage managers to work with employees to ensure workload is suitable to their abilities and resources; avoid unrealistic deadlines. Managers can help employees redistribute their workload to alleviate unnecessary stresses. When managers engage employees--they are demonstrating that individual employees are valued.
3. Promote Benefits and Incentives
Identify cost-effective practices that can be implemented departmentally or company- wide to promote employee recognition. These are not limited to financial rewards but more effectively can be consistent acknowledgement of a job well done. Praise good work performance verbally and institutionally. Make incentives and benefits programs visible so all employees can take advantage.
4. Cultivate Healthy Stress-Free Environment
Promote wellness and healthy living by encouraging employees to take advantage of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). Managers and team leaders can organize team building exercises such as healthy recipe sharing and weekly pot luck lunches. Also, HR professionals can reach out to the company's insurance broker for ideas on wellness programs or reach out to the employee population for ideas on activities or resources they would appreciate. Again, allowing employees to be engaged in a process, helps promote the message to the staff that the company is aware of the stresses they may be experiencing and is looking to assist in the better management of it.
About CheckPoint HR
CheckPoint HR, based in Edison, New Jersey, is the trusted ally in web-based Human Resources management for small to mid-sized companies. The company's complete portfolio combines payroll, benefits and HR management services with a web-based Human Resource Management System (HRMS) technology platform to offer customers an affordable and centralized solution. This allows small to mid-size companies to improve efficiencies, streamline operations and reduce costs. Clients include The Applied Companies, Innophos Holding, Inc., New York Organ Donor Network, Hamon USA, Kyowa Pharmaceutical, and Starwood Capital. For more information on CheckPoint HR, please visit http://www.CheckPointHR.com or call 800.385.0331.
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