How Stress Can Destroy Your Company Culture—and How to Combat It

We can all feel overwhelmed at times when a little too much of everything stresses us out. The pace of modern living can limit the time for us to plan ahead, which can leave us feeling unprepared for the workday—and that causes even more stress.

To get the most out of life, you can’t live in a constant state of “stressed out.” Stress is a big topic of discussion, and it’s important for leaders to understand the specifics of stress when it comes to their team. Eighty-three percent of U.S. workers are stressed. The best organizations have a culture that engages employees, sustains high performance over time and trains employees to be resilient with the right new tools.

When it comes to employee performance and engagement, it’s also important to know how stress can negatively impact company culture. Stress resilience training, on the other hand, can provide the positive change your company needs. Stress might be impacting your company culture in ways you may not have thought of before. Keep reading to find out how resilience training with your employees can overall improve your team, collaboration and company culture.

Mental and emotional well-being

It’s important to address mental and emotional well-being in the workplace. Although it may feel like a difficult topic to discuss, the time has come to normalize the conversation around well-being. It’s actually beneficial to talk about it. Physical well-being is often a topic of discussion in the workplace, but why isn’t emotional well-being? Employee burnout and a decrease in productivity are results of ignoring emotional health. That has a domino effect on focus, collaboration and culture. Building resilience and emotional intelligence allows employees to deal with stress in a healthy and productive way. It’s about time managers putting an emphasis on the importance of managing stress in the workplace. When everyone knows it’s going on, it’s a good time to speak more openly about it.

The list of things that stress employees out seems to be growing: taking vacation time and having to catch up once back, finances and saving money, the pace of change, getting enough sleep—the list goes on. Nearly 70 percent of workers feel as if they have too much work on their plate. Employers should provide their team with resources to cope with stress. You can take it one step further and implement a mindfulness and emotional well-being program for your organization. You don’t even have to spend a fortune to get this up and running. Simple things like offering flexible work schedules, ensuring staff use their paid time off and encouraging taking breaks have a larger impact than you think. Whatever may be affecting your employees’ emotional health, a comprehensive well-being program can give your team the tools they need to tackle stress head-on.

Social and work wellness

Social wellness and work wellness play an important role in how your employees interact with one another. Social wellness in the workplace is about balancing your emotional health to be able to better build relationships with co-workers. When your workplace is filled with positive people, it becomes easy for your employees to feel supported whenever needed. Work wellness refers to encouraging your employees to take the initiative to do something about their emotional health. Supporting a healthy lifestyle can bring about a culture that consists of happy, healthy and more engaged employees.

The ongoing need to balance work and life, eat healthily and meet job expectations can stress employees out. In fact, only 43 percent of workers believe their employers care about work-life balance. A culture of wellness consists of less stress, sparks in productivity and overall happier employees. Happy and healthy employees make for an efficient workforce. Begin by taking care of yourself, then dive deeper into your employee benefits and soon you’ll see how a culture of wellness benefits your company culture.

The benefits of resilience training

There are several challenges and disruptive forces that exist when it comes to running your business today. Both you and your employees need to be equipped to be resilient in the face of stress driven by ongoing change and disruption. Developing specific programs to train employees to cope with stress and to thrive in the face of change can create a high-performing culture that embraces change and disruption as a given, not something to fear. It’s inevitable that your employees are going to experience stress. Get ahead of the game by implementing resilience training in your workplace.

The good news is that resilience is trainable and can be learned in many different ways. Resilience helps your employees develop grit and stay on track with their goals, even during stressful situations. It enables your employees to bounce back instead of getting dragged down, remain positive and feel supported by their team. When your employees work together, have a sense of purpose and have the tools necessary to cope with stress, a positive work environment filled with employees who are connected, motivated and working with a sense of purpose is created.

The future of work is fast-paced and stressful. Is your company ready?

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