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Maximize Productivity in the Workplace: Three Ways to Reduce Stress

Combat stress to increase productivity in the workplace

Try these three methods to combat stress and increase your productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

When we are stressed, everything seems to be a massive task and our productivity in the workplace suffers. It is very easy to overestimate the amount of work that we have to do, and panic about whether or not we can complete the job in time. We get into a vicious circle, with the result that we don’t get anything done. Clearly, this is an undesirable situation. If you feel as though the stresses of work are getting to be too much, consider these three ways to relax yourself.

Breathe

It sounds simple, but the best thing you can do is concentrate on your breathing; breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Focusing on your breathing will take your mind off the task and allow you to reassess what you have to do, and you will feel far more relaxed. Regulate your breathing for a few minutes and you will soon be able to put things back into perspective.

Talk

When we bottle up our stresses, they become increasingly difficult to deal with. Our productivity in the workplace suffers and that can make us feel even more stressed. Sometimes, we just need to let it all out and talk to somebody. Search out the counselor within your workplace or, if there isn’t one, a close friend to have a chat with. You will hopefully find that the weight on your shoulders is lifted and will be able to focus on your work once again.

Walk

We often get into a little bubble when we are working, and within the bubble, everything seems to be hyper-pressured. Pop the bubble and go for a walk. Whether you wander to get a coffee, or have a stroll around the block, you will find that the break from your workstation will do you a world of good.

Don’t allow yourself to be overcome by the stresses of work; breathe, talk and walk your way to a more state of mind where you can regain your productivity in the workplace.

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Good Managers Increase Productivity in the Workplace

The stretch zone of stress is the ideal zone for an employee to be in to maximize productivity in the workplace

The stretch zone of stress is the ideal zone for an employee to be in to maximize productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

If productivity in the workplace is to be maintained, employees need to operate at a certain level. Whenever we are faced with a situation that we have to cope with, whether that be at work or otherwise, we will fall into one of three stress zones; these are the comfort zone, stretch zone or panic zone. It is vitally important that your managers are able to determine which zone your employees have entered so that they can act accordingly.

Comfort Zone

If a person is within their comfort zone, they will feel very relaxed and stable. Usually, this is when the employee is doing a very routine job that they are no longer challenged by. Whilst your employees will be happiest in this state, they are less likely to be innovative or push themselves, which may stifle their productivity and, so, the development of your company.

Stretch Zone

This is the ideal zone for an employee to be in. They still feel comfortable, but are no longer completely at ease. The job that they are doing is challenging them, forcing them to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems. This is where a person will be in their most productive state and during this time, they will contribute the most productivity in the workplace. Whilst it is likely to tire your employee out if they remain in this zone for too long, you want to ensure that they are within this stress level throughout most of the day.

Panic Zone

This is where management is key. It is very easy for a person to stray from the stretch zone into the panic zone, but the consequences of doing so may be catastrophic. An employee in the panic zone is likely to be overstretched and unable to cope with the demands of work. Their confidence will decrease and their comfort zone will shrink. This can be very damaging to your business.

A good man manager will ensure that your employees spend as long as possible in the stretch zone, where they have just the right amount of stress to ensure that their level of productivity in the workplace remains high.

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Give Employees a Voice: Reap the Rewards of Productivity in the Workplace

Consult employees and ask questions to increase productivity in the workplace

Consult employees and ask questions to increase productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

A business consists of many different factions that, ideally, should all be pulling in the same direction and keeping productivity in the workplace at a high level. It is therefore vitally important that the employees really engage with the company; that they buy into the philosophy and culture of the organization. This is effectively achieved where the employees feel as though they are an integral part of the company. The surest way to achieve this is to ensure that your employees have a voice. This can be done in a variety of ways.

Consultations

Nobody likes decisions affecting them to come out of the blue. All too often, people feel alienated by their company by a decision making process that excludes them. They then become disengaged from the company and productivity in the workplace suffers. Whenever you have to make a decision that affects a member of your company, it is wise to consult them first. This will enable them to raise any concerns that they may have, allowing you to ease their fears. What’s more, if you take their concerns on board, they will feel valued by the company; they are far more likely to work hard for you as a result.

Committees

Sometimes, employees feel as though they can’t raise their concerns to the management; that they lack any real influence and fear that dissenting will put their job at risk. Allowing employees to form committees ensures that they are able to air their concerns, and have them confidentially relayed to the management by a representative.

When you give your employees a chance to air their views, you will find that they are far more willing to work for you. A valued workforce is a workforce that will gladly maintain a high level of productivity in the workplace.

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Practice What You Preach to Improve Productivity in the Workplace

You must practice what you preach and give employees someone to look up to if you expect good productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

We’ve all been there; we are told by our employer that the company has certain values that we all need to push towards in order to maintain productivity in the workplace; or that we should conduct ourselves in a certain way in the office, only to discover that the manager regularly disregards their own advice. The response of the employees tends to vary from disillusionment to anger; why should I do this when not even the boss does it?

The Consequences

Clearly, this is counterproductive, and many businesses have suffered because what they say is out of step with what they do. For a company to succeed, it needs everybody to be working together to achieve the aims of the organization.

What Can Be Done?

The solution is very simple; practice what you preach. If you decide on a particular set of aims or philosophy that your company is going to adhere to, make sure that you stick to it. The biggest advantage to this approach is that it will ensure that your employees are able to remain focused and productivity in the workplace is maintained; if your aims are constantly changing, they provide little guidance to the employee who is trying to solve problems. By keeping your message consistent, your organization maintains its integrity; the values that your company professes are borne out in observable behavior.

Sometimes it may be difficult to stay true to the aims of your company. However, you will find your employees engage with the company far more if you remain consistent. The result? You will have a workforce that maintains productivity in the workplace.

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Empower Employees to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

Empower employees to increase productivity in the workplace

When you empower employees it will increase productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

A manager can approach their role in various ways. They could take a dictatorial stance; telling their employees what they can and can’t do, shouting at them when they make mistakes and maintaining an air of aloofness. However, the environment that this fosters can hardly be said to be productive. A productive workforce will run through brick walls for their manager, yet a dictatorial manager would struggle to muster such a response. In order to illicit the right response from your employees, consider the following.

Encourage

If a person makes a mistake, they will often feel like they’ve let everyone down. The last thing that they need in such situations is an ear-full from the boss. Out of every mistake, there is an opportunity: empower your employee by giving them the opportunity to rectify their mistake, either on their own or within the team. By doing this, the employee will feel that they have achieved something, rather than dwelling on the mistake.

Be an Equal

It is very difficult to break down the employer/employee relationship. However, even if it remains intact, it is still possible for the gap to be reduced sufficiently. Employees don’t want to be treated like mere components; they want to be respected and treated as individuals. Take the time to get to know your employees; take them for drinks or a meal every so often. By doing such things, you begin to be seen as more of an equal, rather than just ‘the boss.’ A person is more likely to work hard for somebody who respects them, and doesn’t patronize them.

Don’t belittle your employees; empower them through conversations and encouragement and reap the rewards later!

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