3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Burnout in the Workplace
Growing engagement in the workplace during difficult times
Over the last year and a half, everyone around the world has experienced traumatic shifts, personally and professionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For years, we’ve known that stress can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, we’re expected to persevere, in the face of tremendous stress.
Now more than ever, burnout is palpable. It threatens individual mental health, increases the odds of people leaving their jobs, and impairs our ability to make strategic and thoughtful decisions. For years, we’ve championed workplace wellness and programs that empower workers to enhance their wellbeing, especially while working.
Over the last few years, the US, alongside Sweden, Finland, Hungary and Slovenia, have faced heightened talent shortages, creating a financial burden on businesses. In addition to talent shortages, companies are seeing an increase in turnover. Prior to the pandemic, studies showed that half of workers in the US have thought about leaving their current job.
These statistics are shocking and eye-opening. Now more than ever, employees deserve and require businesses to help them curtail stress and stay engaged.
3 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace:
1. Provide Regular Breaks
Did you know that our brain loses focus around 90-120 minutes? For some, even that feels like a stretch! We’re constantly fighting our natural urges to rest, in order to get the job done. As the pandemic adds additional strain to the workplace, leading to increased hours on the job, workers should feel able to take breaks as needed. Allowing workers to walk, move freely, or simply rest their bodies can provide people with the safe space they need to continue working in an engaged and positive manner.
2. Create Engaged Discussions
Relationships, professional and personal, can only thrive in a highly communicative environment. It’s important to be transparent and reduce confusion around company wellness and safety policies. Having open lines of communication with employees can allow them to feel like they are apart of the solution. Being transparent doesn’t mean sharing every detail, it means being open about information that can make their jobs easier, safer, and more efficient. Managers that are engaged with their team usually receive more positivity and receptiveness to change.
3. Implement an Insole Program
Over the last few decades, we’ve witnessed managers and companies thrive after implementing an insole program. MEGAComfort insoles reduce pain and discomfort while combatting fatigue. Employees using MEGAComfort insoles feel physically and emotionally supported and seen by their workplace.
Our insoles are patented and uniquely designed to enhance comfort and support while fighting fatigue. Comprised of dual layer 100% memory foam, they are the perfect ergonomic solution for every workplace. Unlike traditional and potentially dangerous floor matting, MEGAComfort insoles provide unconditional support, with every step throughout the entire workplace.
We’re living and working through some extraordinary and challenging times. Supportive workplaces have the ability to take these obstacles and create unique opportunities for growth. A few simple steps, can help launch your team towards greater growth. If you’re ready to step into a communicative, engaging and safe workplace, contact us to start an insole program for your workplace.