By Menna Farag – Senior Consultant
First, as an employer, be proactive and work towards eliminating stress-causing factors in your organization. We all know that stress can affect our bodies negatively; it can weaken the immunity system and alter the levels of certain hormones facilitating cancer development. Employers should aim to reduce stress in the workplace because stress can be very costly. High levels of absenteeism and employee turnover are some of the main indicators of a stressed workforce.
Employer can provide key elements of a “Healthy Workplace” such as:
- Clear leadership structure where accountabilities and responsibilities should be made clear.
- Communicate regularly with your employees to build a culture of trust.
- Challenge your employees instead of overwhelming them and boosts the spirit of cooperation at work.
- Invest in your employees by offering training to enhance their knowledge and skills in a specific field.
- Support employees’ Work-Life-Balance in several ways, the most efficient and practical method is by focusing on productivity rather than work hours.