Stress in the workplace is recognised as a factor associated with absenteeism, illness and workers compensation.
Stressors include work overload and underload, shift-work, perceived danger, heavy work and physical environment factors.
Stress can affect your business in the following ways:
- You or some of your employees might need replacing.
- You could end up with a compensation case.
- If you or your staff can’t deliver it could be disastrous for your business. A customer could part ways with your company for non-performance – that would be stressful.
As an employer you should care about your employees and as the business owner you should care about yourself.
Stay healthy – some productive tips
1. Don’t work unlimited hours or go right through the day without a break. Whenever you can take one – go for a walk. Each day do something you really enjoy – a run or game of tennis or golf. Stress accumulates and can hit you badly if you don’t do things to take the pressure down.
2. Plan your breaks. Include your holidays into your business plan and religiously take them. It may cost you – you will have to perhaps pay for someone you can trust to run your business while you are away. This is a difficult area for many in business, but the lesson here is – you are your business. If your health fails because you push yourself too far, your business could end up failing too.
3. Eat a healthy diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and as unprocessed as possible, so the experts say. Steer clear of too many business lunches, and don't get caught in the take-away meal trap.
4. Learn about stress and time management.
5. Plan and set goals for the future, and write yourself a strategy to hoid yourself accountable for achieving them. Thius will help you feel motivated to know you're working towards achieve something important.
6. Seek help and support wherever you can. Specialise in what you do best, and pay others to do the rest. Put your time and energy into developing your business. That will end up making you more money down the track.
7. Be aware of the potential stress issues and be willing to use counselling to help yourself or your staff.
8. Be happy and build a positive and communicative ‘vibe’ in your business. Improved self-esteem leads to improved performance.
9. If presentation is important to your business, then overhaul your image. Diet, work out and improve what you can to give yourself a positive, healthy look.
10. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People talks about getting your core values right. Read his book to help balance yourself.
11. Be a contributor to society. Deserving causes benefit from your charity and your business is seen as a supporter of the community – that’s a marketing plus
12. Visualise winning. Set high standards and train hard in your business to improve both physically and emotionally
13. Make time for yourself, your family and friends. You work to live, not live to work.