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Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line

Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line

Unchecked Staff Stress in the workplace can drain the energy out of the office, greatly reduce productivity and increase illness and absenteeism. 

Stress Symptoms in the Workplace Include:Man, Employee, Office, Manager, Good, Morning

  • waning energy
  • fatigue
  • burnout
  • job resentment
  • cynicism
  • Negativity

Do we accept this as the typical cycle of work life?

As the leader of your team, what can you do to either prevent or stem the tide before it becomes unmanageable? 

Beyond some of the obvious sources of this stress, there are more clandestine causes to consider.

Sarah Torres-Ferrick a human resources expert at HR Circle Online identifies the following causes.

  1. Conflicting and unclear demands from the boss. In my early career I recall times that I was given an assignment that I didn’t fully understand and not wanting to appear less than inadequate; said nothing.
    Bosses need to be as specific as possible and ask the employee how they plan to proceed and invite them to trust their own skills; giving them decision-making control. Assure them that your door is open and there are no “dumb” questions. This alone can avoid so much anxiety and pain for everyone.
  2. Exorbitant work loads. It has become common to tackle company functions with less than adequate staff due to attrition or budget restraints or increased business. While adding staff may appear costly, it may end up costing more due to decreased productivity in the long run. A very effective strategy is to review all the employees responsibilities to gain a comprehensive understanding of their workload. This may enlighten you as to the overwhelming responsibilities whether real or perceived. 

The key is to prioritize their duties, remove unproductive tasks when possible, and when appropriate implement a more efficient approach to certain assignments. Reducing the workload can greatly improve attitude and productivity.

Next time we’ll discuss Work-Life Balance and granting certain Decision-Making Control.

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How To Increase the Serotonin In Your Brain [Infographic]

In our last blog post you learned that cortisol the hormone that you don’t want. It’s known as the stress hormone and we want to decrease it. Serotonin, however, is the good hormone that you want in your brain. Serotonin reduces stress. Thus, you want to increase serotonin in your brains.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences everything from your appetite to your memory, sleep cycle, sex drive and mood. It’s your body’s natural stress reliever.

This infographic from LifeHack, highlights 11 natural ways to increase serotonin levels in your brain and of course, we add the 12th!

  1. Eat more turkey
  2. Book a massage
  3. Take more B vitamins
  4. Get some sun – but be careful in the Phoenix summer heat!
  5. Take magnesium supplements – it’ll help keep you regular, too!
  6. Be more positive
  7. Reduce sugar intake – sugar’s bad all the way around!
  8. Meditate
  9. Exercise more often – we can help with that!
  10. Take more Vitamin C
  11. Practice self-care to reduce stress
  12. Smash your frustrations out in a Rage Room

Oh, one last one that they missed: eat chocolate! But, eating too much chocolate, though it makes you feel better, adds inches to your waistline and you’ll be mad at your scale. It’s better to work it off in a Rage Room.

How To Increase the Serotonin In Your Brain [Infographic]

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