I know what you’re thinking, “I’m stressed all the time at work!” and we all know that the daily grind can be challenging. Stress at work is something that affects us all. Whether it’s meeting tight deadlines, dealing with challenging collegues, or simply feeling overwhelmed with too much to do, work-related stress can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being.
But the good news is that stress is manageable, and there are simple things we can do to reduce its impact on our lives. I’ve pulled together some top tips to help you manage stress at work and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Networking is out of most people’s comfort zones, and recently I attended a brilliant networking event called #WorkTheRoom at The Ivy in London. It was wonderful to meet so many entrepreneurs with so many different skillsets in one room and I learnt so much from them in just one afternoon which in itself was worthwhile.
When I speak to people who are starting out in their HR career, I always tell them that one of the strongest assets they ahve is their network. Love it or hate it, networking is essential to build a strong connections with other business professionals as it can help you achieve your personal and professional goals in a number of ways. Whether you’re looking for a new job, seeking career development, or simply seeking new opportunities, networking can help open the doors to make these things happen.
Coming out at work can be one of the most daunting experiences for an employee. There are no set rules around this. Who do they tell? It’s their private business after all. Although it is the individual’s very personal experience, they should not be made to feel that anyone they work with will think any differently towards them. They need to be assured that there is support from their colleagues and management. That said, there are a few important things employers can do to help.
Over the past few years, the employee experience has become a focal point for many HR departments, from creating strategies to perfecting onboarding processes, it is an extensive area to cover. But why has it become so important and is it just another HR buzzword?
We all know that an engaging work environment can promote happier, healthier, and more fulfilled employees, enhancing both innovation and productivity. Right now, more than ever these are no longer desirable elements for businesses, they’re essential. Want to retain your key talent? Enhance your employee experience; raising salaries are no longer the quick fix answer. You could pay someone a million pounds, but if they’re not happy in their work, neither party benefits, so to achieve a positive employee experience is essential if you want your business to become an employer of choice.
So how can we achieve an enhanced employee experience within businesses, and should it be led by HR?
With constant changes in employment law, increased press coverage of “bad” employers and no tribunal screening processes in place it seems like employers just can’t get it right!
In the small business arena, I network with, in some cases it can put employers off employing staff altogether. This can lead to some small business owners preferring to take on the additional stress and workload rather than run the risk of employing people with the increased risks of a claim being raised against them. Not because they’re potentially “bad” employers, but because they’re busy running a business and simply don’t need the hassle!
If you read the high-profile cases in the news it really does beg the question…