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5 Ways to Tackle Workplace Stress and Encourage Employee Efficiency

By Michael Overell - May. 28, 2018
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In any workplace, productivity, innovation and efficiency go hand in hand. If you are an ambitious entrepreneur, you would want to cultivate these factors at your workplace. Fair enough! But is your workforce sufficiently productive and efficient?

Consider this: Your employees energetically start their day stay laser-focused and at the end of the day somehow finish the given tasks.

But have you thought about what their workload looks like? How many times do they end up taking their work home? While it is true that your staff have to deal with workplace woes that could weaken their motivation levels, it’s up to you not to let their productivity plunge.

So what strategies are you going to implement? Here is what you can do to help your employees tackle stress and make them more productive:

1. Energize your employees

Employee motivation and well-being are extremely important factors that can have a big difference between your company’s success and failure. To that effect, you have to find ways to motivate your employees in order to keep their stress at arm’s length.

You need to energize them to the extent that they wouldn’t deter from giving their 100%. A good starting point to do that is to recognize and appreciate their efforts and give rewards for their great work. Your work culture as well as the office environment should be such that each and every employee would love to work and excel.

2. Encourage interactive activities

There is no need for your employees to work around the clock. Also, there is no point in being serious all the time since a serious workplace environment is more stress-prone.

You rather should cultivate a fun and interactive atmosphere in your workplace. Studies have also shown that fun and interactive activities at a workplace make employees more innovative and productive. There is a growing body of research suggesting happier people work harder. A playful workplace helps draw new talent, relieve stress, increase motivation, and build relationships among coworkers. Nothing builds camaraderie in any workplace than healthy interaction and playfulness.

3. Communication is key

When it comes to combating stress and encouraging productivity and efficiency, two way communication is extremely crucial between an employer and employees. Going one to one with your workers will help you create a game plan in order to solve their problems. In response, your employees will confide with you more often regarding important things.

In other words, healthy communication reduces their stress and anxiety. Good communication also allows you to be receptive about their out-of-the-box ideas. This will always make the situation better for everyone, which is why; it is a win-win strategy.

4. Give your employees enough room to be more creative

Creativity is an essential ingredient for any organization to thrive, which also helps you get a competitive edge.

You need to cultivate an environment where your employees can get a space to think and relax. This will intuitively spark creative thinking in them to get their projects moving forward.

You can organize regular brainstorming sessions where the staff can give out-of-the-box suggestions regarding projects and their processes. Thus, giving them more room to think freely and encouraging them to make proper analysis of various aspects of a task can work wonders for your organization. It will give you two-pronged results – the employees become more productive and efficient, and will be able to tackle their stress effectively.

5. Be a role model

If you want your team to climb the ladder of productivity and performance, you also need to exhibit managerial and leadership excellence.

You should try to lead by example so that your employees get inspired enough to follow suit. The fact is as a leader of your organization, you are constantly under the magnifying lens; however though, you can use this opportunity as a powerful management tool by inspiring and motivating your staff. So how can you become a role model? You can exhibit the following attributes:

  • Always show a positive attitude despite you confront any kinds of circumstances. When you show strength, calmness, perseverance, and optimism even in stressful situation, your employees will inculcate the same things.
  • You should earn and build trust and always be honest with your employees.
  • You should encourage integrity by making decisions for the betterment of business without any personal preference.
  • You should cultivate transparency and accountability.

Stress is a part and parcel of today’s professional life and falling into its trap can hamper your business heavily. So don’t let yourself as well as your employees become consumed by stress.


Michael Overell

Michael Overell is a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader with a proven track record in building companies, products, and teams in both startup and hyper-growth environments. Currently, he serves as a key executive at ClassDojo, where he is responsible for driving revenue growth and helping children around the world access quality education. Michael is also actively involved in investing and providing support to promising foreign founders looking to break into the US market through his work with Antipodes. Prior to his work at ClassDojo, Michael played a pivotal role in scaling Lyft's product organization as the company experienced rapid growth, expanding from 3,000 to 6,000 employees and successfully going public. His expertise in hiring and recruiting was further honed during his time as the co-founder and CEO of RecruitLoop, a company he launched in Sydney before relocating to San Francisco. Under his leadership, RecruitLoop raised funding, developed a globally distributed team, and achieved profitability. The company had a modest exit in 2019 and ultimately closed its operating business. Michael began his career at McKinsey, where he focused on strategy in the tech and telecommunications sectors, with a particular emphasis on next-generation fiber broadband networks. His insights and thought leadership have been featured in prominent publications such as TechCrunch.

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