April 16, 2020 Amelia Wilcox

How to Create a Stress Management Program for Employees

Stress impacts employees and employers alike! When stressed, employees can be less focused, creative, productive, and collaborative. So how can management reduce workplace stress and support staff? Create a stress management program for employees that addresses their needs. We walk you through the steps here.

 Creating a Stress Management Program for Employees

Know why it’s important 

It’s likely that a majority of your team is experiencing stress. In fact, the American Institute of Stress reports 40 percent of employees find their job very or extremely stressful. Without help and management, stress can cause burnout, unhealthy habits, and harm mental and physical health in employees. 

Valuing your employees health and happiness benefits your team — and it’s good for your bottom line! According to HealthAdvocate, the cost of stressed employees to businesses is estimated between $200 and $300 billion dollars a year! That’s a lot of money you can save by reducing employee stress. 

 

Collect data to inform your choices

As you begin setting up your company’s stress management program for employees, it’s important to know what exactly your staff needs! Surveying your team and getting more information is a great way to learn more about where they need support. Open up an honest discussion with your employees with a survey that assesses staff wellness and stress levels. Our online wellness assessment is a great way to determine your team’s needs. We identify their stress levels in realms such as financial, environmental and physical. Additionally, once their levels have been assessed we provide recommendations based on those survey answers. These recommendations will help your team know where it’s most beneficial to allocate your spending. 

Sign up to receive a free assessment for your team here.

Educate your employees

Now that you have all the information you need, use it to build a program customized to your staff’s specific needs! Utilize the resources that are available to you to educate your staff on the impacts of work stress. Most communities have local organizations that you can contact. Some mental health centers offer expert speakers that can conduct a lunch-and-learn to help your staff gain knowledge about stress management. Set up support groups, or facilitate discussions on specific stress related topics, and open up the conversation around stress in the workplace.

 

Encourage movement

Getting your body moving is an amazing way to relieve stress. Notably, research shows that taking exercise breaks at work, such as a group virtual yoga class or taking a walk on your lunch hour, increases employee productivity and stress relief. A great way to incorporate these breaks into your workplace culture is through a service such as the one Incorporate offers! With a simple and easy automated scheduling system, we can add a yoga, massage or fitness class right into your work day calendar. Our talented instructors will get your team moving!

 

Get creative 

Reducing stress can be approached in many different ways. Think outside the box and come up with creative ways to treat your staff, release tension, and finish their work day relieved and stress-free. Some innovative ways to address stress we’ve seen at the awesome companies we serve? Office art classes, workplace haircuts, grocery deliveries straight to the office, or a stipend to allow employees to make their workspaces more calming. The opportunities are endless, and your staff will appreciate the effort.

 

Offer meditation classes

Workplace meditation classes are an awesome addition to any employee stress management program. Research shows that meditation is an effective way to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. These sessions can relieve employees stress, shift negative thinking to positivity and teach them healthy coping techniques. Additionally, it can help promote productivity, office morale, and resiliency. 

meditation to relieve financial worry

Address stress holistically

Stress management takes a holistic approach. One size doesn’t fit all, so providing lots of different ways for staff to deal with stress is helpful. For some, education, movement and creativity might be the perfect solution, for others they might need a life coach to talk to, or want to bring a meditation practice into their life. Choosing a service provider that can offer a range of customized classes as part of your employee stress management program means you’ll address each and every employee.

 

Encourage engagement

Once your amazing program is in place, make sure your staff are actually using it. Incentives are effective! Therefore, consider offering awards for employee participation. Encourage staff to get involved by offering a prize for those who take classes. Create a game to see who meditates the most minutes a month, or walks the furthest. Have a plan to communicate your program and its benefits to your employees! Using your intranet, newsletters, direct emails and meeting announcements can all help get the word out. As you roll out your employee stress management solution, continue to survey your staff and observe their stress levels dropping dramatically. 

 

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Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Zenovate formerly Incorporate Massage a leader in corporate massage since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company who’s platform provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Awards
Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Education
Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Publications
Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)  

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