As a manger, what steps have you taken to decrease job stress for your employees?
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Tip 6: Learn how managers or employers can reduce job stress
It's in a manager's best interest to keep stress levels in the workplace to a minimum. Managers can act as positive role models, especially in times of high stress, by following the tips outlined in this article. If a respected manager can remain calm in stressful work situations, it is much easier for his or her employees to also remain calm.
Additionally, there are a number of organizational changes that managers and employers can make to reduce workplace stress. These include:
Share information with employees to reduce uncertainty about their jobs and futures.
Clearly define employees' roles and responsibilities.
Make communication friendly and efficient, not mean-spirited or petty.
Consult your employees
Give workers opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their jobs.
Consult employees about scheduling and work rules.
Be sure the workload is suitable to employees' abilities and resources; avoid unrealistic deadlines.
Show that individual workers are valued.
Offer rewards and incentives.
Praise good work performance, both verbally and officially, through schemes such as Employee of the Month.
Provide opportunities for career development.
Promote an "entrepreneurial" work climate that gives employees more control over their work.
Cultivate a friendly social climate
Provide opportunities for social interaction among employees.
Establish a zero-tolerance policy for harassment.
Make management actions consistent with organizational values.