“It’s been a stressful week at work dude! I need a break already!”
This is a refrain, we hear all too often. If not from our own colleagues, we hear it from our friends or literally anyone around us. Why? Because workplace stress is real and at one point or the other everyone is affected by it.
There are many studies that have been conducted to show that stress can have adverse health effects. According to USA TODAY, 20% of people experience extreme levels of stress on a daily basis and one of the top reasons for stress is work (65%).
There are many things at the workplace that can cause anxiety and stress.
Annoying boss/ Colleagues
Workplace culture etc.
But, we are not going to write about stress today. Instead, we are going to tell you about some creatively funny workplace stress-busters that we’ve found for you!
Having pets running around your office isn’t just cute, it’s also a really good stress buster. Imagine these cuddling officers peeking out from behind the laptops and motivating your employees. Allow employees to bring their pets to the office and help your employees be more productive and deal with their stress.
P.S – This should go without saying, but you may need to check first and see if anyone is allergic to pet dander. Furthermore, you will also need to ensure that your cuddling officers don’t become distractions!
Customizable Cubicles/ work-stations
Allow your employees to personalize their workstations or cubicles. When employees are able to personalize their work-stations with personal stationery, posters etc, they are creating a space where they enjoy working!
One of the main reasons why employees get stressed is not moving around enough. Sitting at comfortable work-stations and working all-day-long can look like something which doesn’t involve any stress. But it does the opposite; on an average, an employee spends about 6 hours a day sitting in the same place. So motivate your employees to consciously make the effort to get out of their chairs and at least walk for five minutes every one hour so that they don’t end up stressed and with bad backs!
This is one of the most simplest things you can do to help your employees deal with stress. Sometimes, just watching nature can soothe one’s mind. Not to mention, looking at the colour green is actually soothing to the eye. So how about bringing some nature to your workplace too? Place an indoor plant in every cubicle.
This is one of the most brilliant employee engagement activities but more importantly, it is an amazing stress-buster. Playing table games releases endorphins, which are commonly referred to as ‘feel good hormones. Playing tabletop games can help people work off excess stress and help refresh them, both mentally and physically.
Chandler Barr is the VP of Sales at Engagedly and is focused on driving a culture of progress over perfection in a no-fault environment where employees are secure and encouraged to think creatively to solve problems. Chandler is a seasoned leader that has scaled sales teams for SaaS startups and multibillion-dollar publicly traded tech companies, as well as, led Marines to accomplish the mission during hardships overseas.