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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 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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