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8 Ways to Eliminate Stress in the Workplace

8 Ways to Eliminate Stress in the Workplace

Everyone gets stressed in the workplace at one time or another, and this stress can get in the way of productivity. As an employer, you need to find ways to help eliminate a lot of the stress in the workplace, so your employees are happy in their work, and productive. It is not always enough to just give them frequent breaks. Today’s employers are getting creative in how they are eliminating stress in the workplace, or at least greatly cutting it down.

Here are eight creative ways you can help get rid of stress at your office.

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1. Walking Challenges

Encouraging exercise is important for the health of your employees, and one way to do this is by having walking challenges. Give employees FitBits so they can track their steps, or even just simple, old-fashioned step trackers. Challenge them to take so many steps in a month, and if they get there, they get a prize. This is even more fun when they form teams and walk together for relaxation and good health.

2. Walking Meetings

If you don’t have to give a presentation using a computer, projector, etc., why not take your meetings outside? Walking is good for the body, and a great way to relieve stress. If your meeting is simply going to involve talking, there is really no reason why you have to do it inside. You can walk and talk, and get a lot accomplished without being in a stuffy office.

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3. Flex Time

Give your employees the flexibility to work at hours of their choosing. If they are getting their work done, it doesn’t really matter what time they are doing it. Let them come in late, leave early, stagger hours, etc. Employees will love that they have more freedom and because they are less stressed, they will be more productive and happy in their work.

4. Game Tables

Put a couple of game tables in the break room, such as a pool table and a foosball table. When employees are stressed and need a break, they can use the game tables to blow off a bit of steam. You can even set up company game tournaments with prizes, and raise money for a charity. It is even better if you schedule these tournaments during company time, to show employees that they can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere at work.

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5. Massages

Bring in a massage therapist to offer massages right in the office. They don’t have to be long sessions. Just 10 minutes can help eliminate a lot of stress in the body, and your employees will be more relaxed and productive. Massage can help to reduce tension, insomnia, headaches, and muscle tension, which is going to improve overall employee health.

6. Holiday Contests

Have holiday decorating contests, and offer prizes to the best-decorated offices, desks, etc. Let employees vote on their favorite decorating efforts, so everyone has a chance to be involved. Make sure prizes are holiday-themed, or even better, give out gift cards that employees can use to pick out what they want or need. This is a fun way for employees to de-stress, and the office space is going to look terrific.

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7. Laughter

Show your employees that you have a great sense of humor, and find ways to make them laugh daily. If you see a video that makes you laugh, share it with them (as long as it is appropriate). Share funny jokes at the beginning of meetings, which will also help to ease any tension in the room.

8. Ice Cream

In the summer months, give your employees ice cream breaks. Everyone can walk to the nearest store or ice cream parlor for a frozen treat. Or, arrange for an ice cream truck to show up at a certain time on hot days, pay in advance, and let your employees cool off, on you.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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