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Monday, March 6 - Sunday, March 19
Deadline for submitting results: Monday, March 27.
Addressing Stress Management at Work
What can you do to help your department lower stress? LIVE FOR LIFE at Duke has created a list of tips/ideas that managers can apply to their department to lower stress, increase communication, and create a more peaceful working atmosphere. It has been shown that the most benefit occurs when more than one stress lowering technique is used. Choose those ideas which you feel best suit your department and be creative in thinking up your own ideas to relieve stress among your employees.
- Do your homework. Find out what is causing the most stress among your workers. You can do this by simply asking people individually or in a group setting. Is it communication issues, management, co-worker problems? This is an essential part of choosing stress management techniques because you can choose the ones that will best fit your workers needs.
- Assemble a dream team. Hand pick 2 or more people in your department to help you create a less stressful environment. Have them create some quick, fun team building games for staff meetings and let them come up with ideas to help lower their co-workers stress.
- Make good vibrations. For employees working in an office most of the day, consider allowing them to listen to music while they work. A recent global study covering 30 counties found that listening to music is the most common activity people do to relieve stress.
- Create a circle of friends. Hold a weekly or monthly lunch where employees can chat and get to know one another on a more personal/friendly basis. These get togethers provide an outlet for employees to talk about what's going on in their lives and helps to create a social support network within the workplace. Hang up fliers to promote these lunches.
- Give them a say. Having some control over one's job duties and how to handle them makes employees happier and less stressed. Consider having a meeting where employees can voice all of their concerns and frustrations and get them out into the open. Also, during the employee's yearly review, ask what concerns/frustrations they have as well as what is causing them the most stress. This information can be extremely beneficial in that once you know what is causing them stress, you can then find ways to try and alleviate the sources of that stress.
- Massage your cares away. Consider holding a monthly massage day where employees can sign up to get a free chair massage. Please visit the Chair Massage website or contact Nick Beresic for information on how to organize an event.
- Credit counseling. Financial worries can be a big part of stress. Let your employees know that the National Foundation for Credit Counseling offers free debt counseling, financial education, and budgeting assistance. Their counselors offer their services in person, by phone, by mail, or on-line. Check them out at www.nfcc.org
- Get active! Team sports are great stress relievers. Consider forming a league (softball, volleyball, bowling, etc.) within your department. Contact the Durham parks and recreation for other teams you can play against or just play for yourself!
- Personal counseling. Encourage employees to get personal counseling if they need help in controlling their job stress. PAS is a confidential personal counseling service that Duke offers free to Duke employees. Contact the PAS office at 919-416-1727 for more information or to set up an appointment.