As the pandemic disruption passes it’s six month mark, new and old stressors remain a constant part of our daily
lives. These stressors can easily work their way into the workplace and effect job performance and productivity.
This month, Firm Foundation HR would like to help you manage those stressors with proactive tips to keep your
staff calm, cool, and collected.
• Identifying and Validating Stressors Employees are human beings first. This means they have
outside stresses along with the ones created in the office. As a leader, it is your job to keep these in mind.
Some common outside stresses include financial burdens, relationship problems, children, or death of a
loved one. Add the pandemic stresses of fear of getting sick, working remotely, or how to properly do
distance learning for their kids and you may find a person at the edge of an outburst. Invite employees to
share stresses. Listen first and then validate what they share. And remember to be human and be kind.
• Wellness Is Contagious A Gallup study found that team members engaged in well-being activities
increased the well-being levels of other teammates. Well-being activities are those that build on self-care,
strong relationships, connection in their community, and proper financial managements. Employers who
create wellness programs in the workspace often have happier employees. Some ideas to start: are
encouraging walks outside around the property, playing indoor games, hosting a book club, or exercising
together after a shift. For more ways to create wellness activities for your team contact our wellness guru
• Mindful or Mind Full A calm mind is focused, productive, and enhances cognitive thinking skills which
fosters creativity and develops better leaders. Mindfulness is the art of being aware of the present moment.
It’s a way to control the thoughts that run through our heads all day long. Mindful breathing is the number
one way for employees to return to their baseline. Get into a relaxed posture, breathe in through your nose
and slowly out your mouth. Don’t think about anything but your breathe. Be in the present moment. Small
mindful breaks like these will help to manage stress and create a happier team.
The more you practice these tips the happier and healthier your team will be. Remember that there are lots of
ways to destress. Some activities may work better than others. Try experimenting with a new wellness or mindful
activity each month. Mix things up, keep it fun, and most importantly, show your team you care.
As always your
Firm Foundation Adviser is here to serve, contact us for additional support.