Employee Relations, Health & Safety, HR

A Managers Guide to Supporting Stress Awareness Month

April marks Stress Awareness Month, a crucial time for managers and employees to reflect on stress management strategies and foster a healthier work environment. As a manager, your role is pivotal in creating a workplace that prioritises mental well-being.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the significance of Stress Awareness Month and provide top tips for managers on supporting their employees effectively.

What is stress awareness month?

Stress Awareness Month happens every April. Businesses need to pay attention because it’s a chance to focus on how stress affects employees. This month is a great opportunity to talk openly with your team about their feelings. By checking in with your employees, you can better understand their needs and support them in managing stress. It’s all about creating a positive and supportive workplace where everyone feels valued and cared for.

Recognising Signs of Stress

As a manager, it’s essential to be observant and tuned in to the well-being of your team members. While not all signs of stress may be overt, common indicators include changes in behaviour, decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and expressions of frustration or overwhelm during interactions. By paying attention to these cues, you can identify when your employees may be experiencing heightened stress levels.

Once you’ve recognised signs of stress among your employees, taking proactive steps to offer support is crucial. Here are some effective strategies:

Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with your team members to discuss their workload, challenges, and well-being. Use these check-ins as opportunities to listen actively, offer encouragement, and provide assistance where needed.

Monitor workload distribution and workload management practices within your team. If you notice employees are consistently overwhelmed, explore ways to redistribute tasks, adjust deadlines, or provide additional support to alleviate the pressure.

Advocate for a healthy work-life balance by encouraging employees to use their vacation days, take regular breaks, and disconnect from work outside of office hours. Respect boundaries and avoid sending work-related emails or messages during non-work hours.

Where possible, offer flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting or adjusted work hours, to accommodate personal needs and alleviate stressors related to commuting, childcare, or other commitments.

Ensure that employees understand their roles, responsibilities, and performance expectations clearly. Ambiguity and uncertainty can contribute to stress, so provide clear guidelines and feedback to help employees feel confident in their work.

Promote self-care practices among your team members, emphasizing the importance of taking breaks, engaging in physical activity, and practising mindfulness. Lead by example by prioritising your well-being and openly discussing self-care strategies.

Provide access to resources and support services, such as employee assistance programs (EAPs), mental health hotlines, or counselling services. Educate employees about these resources and encourage them to utilise them as needed.

When is stress awareness month?

Stress Awareness Month is observed every April, providing a special opportunity to focus on how stress impacts our work and personal lives. This month is all about raising awareness of the effects of stress and learning how to manage it effectively. It’s a chance for us to support each other in finding ways to cope with stress at work and beyond, creating healthier and happier environments for everyone. 

As we observe Stress Awareness Month, let’s commit to prioritising employee well-being and creating supportive workplaces where individuals can thrive. By proactively addressing stress, promoting mental health awareness, and investing in resources and training, we can cultivate environments where employees feel valued, supported, and empowered to prioritise their mental health.

Have you considered the resources available at Park City, including Mental Health First Aid training, to enhance your well-being initiatives? Would you benefit from our Outsourced HR and Health & Safety Services? Together, let’s build workplaces where everyone can flourish. 

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