Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Stress Prevention Policies

Work-related stress is common for the average worker and can be caused by a variety of situations including communication difficulties between workers and management, work overload/understaffing, insufficient training, and inadequate resources. Considering the toll that stress can take on an employee’s health, and therefore their productivity, it may be time for your company to create its own stress prevention policy.

Stress prevention policies should be a combined effort between both employees and management. Policies should focus on work organization, and companies should take the same approach as they would to address safety hazards and health issues, by eliminating the issues where possible.

Some basic steps a company can take to reduce or eliminate work-related stress include:

Ensuring management styles are consultative, so that employees take part in determining the expectations of the job and the arrangement of their work situation.

Avoid pay arrangements that encourage excessive overtime.

Distribute workloads fairly and with realistic goals.

Make sure the work environment is safe and comfortable

Eliminate or control all safety hazards and health concerns.

Ensure vacation, family and sick leave time is adequate.

Removing all stress factors from the workplace many not be possible, but taking small steps to reduce workplace stress, or creating stress prevention policies will keep workers happy, healthy and more productive.

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