Your gateway to a stress-free workspace.
What strikes your mind when you catch the term ‘stress-free workspace’?
An environment where you work is supposed to be well designed and built, as well as a peaceful place that ensures complete concentration at work and does not intervene with your productivity and performance.
But most offices today still hold on to the age-old conventional workspace style, which often is often associated with complaints of employees being less productive, more stressed and unhappy at the workplace at the end of the day. This is an alarming issue in the long term for any organization.
So, here we present you with a few simple changes you can implement in your workplace that can help your employees’ combat stress at work and be more productive:
1. A Breakout Region :
Designated break rooms for intermittent breaks are a must-have in an ideal workspace, as reported by multiple employees worldwide. The workspace, according to us, should be full of positive vibes, not monotonous. These break-out areas assure that employees get sufficient time to relax, have an informal discussion with their co-workers, or simply take a break from their hectic schedule. Breakout regions are no less than a blessing for employees because they not only help in cutting down stress but also help them build bonds and a healthy community subsequently.
2. Cafeteria :
Cafeterias in offices are highly in demand. A recently conducted survey showed that around 30% of people tend to skip lunch as they have no time to prepare a separate lunch at home, or do not want to indulge in easily available but unhealthy eating habits. The solution? A cafeteria at the workplace.
Imagine having a decent meal at the office when you have no time to prepare brown bag lunches at home. Readily available quality food whenever needed at your workspace is a boon for employees as it keeps them healthy and productive throughout the day.
3. Learning Sessions :
Every organization according to our ideology should grant their employees a chance to develop beyond their current skill-set. Not only does this help them grow as individuals, it also allows the overall growth of your business. Planning for Workshops, executive programs, lectures, etc. are regular events. Occasionally conducting informal events like cultural performances, picnics or group outings, etc. can work wonders to reduce work stress. Employees gaze to opportunities that would heighten their experience and learning and let them be more professional during work hours.
4. Personalized Touch :
Researchers recommend one should add inspirational and positive quotes and posters on lifeless office walls to increase the beauty of the workspace. Adding a small personalized touch doesn’t just increase the scenic beauty, but has other perks as well.
For example, a lot can be said in favour of small potted plants at the workspace. A simple plant in the workspace adds up to the overall beauty, it brings life to the workspace, purifies the air, reduces noise, decreases stress level, and does so much more.
5. Workplace Location :
A lot of the stress at work is generated outside the actual workspace in the form of commuting to work. If the office is located at a relatively inaccessible location, employees will spend more of their precious time and energy traveling to and from work that they can during working. The result is perpetually tired employees and poor work performance.
It thus benefits to have your workplace situated at places which are easily accessible for most of the employees. This reduces traveling time and stress of the journey, leading to higher performance at work.
So these were a few simple ways by which you can reduce workplace stress for your employees. Another option that you can adopt if you cannot implement these immediately is to go for coworking spaces. Most of these spaces offer each and every one of these benefits to clients. Maybe that is the reason why such spaces are becoming wildly popular all over the world, from freelancers to major corporations.