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How to Reduce Stress in the Workplace During the Holidays

Studies have shown that employees are 70% more stressed during the holidays. With extra hours, end of year reports, and financial stress, this is both the most wonderful and most stressful time of the year. Many organizations attempt to combat seasonal stress with uplifting offices holiday experiences such as office parties and happy hours. Company leaders should also take this time to provide their employees with tools to proactively combat stress, and this might be the best gift they receive all year. 

Be Transparent About Stress.By acknowledging that the holidays are a stressful time, people are then more likely to seek resources instead of finding other, most likely unhealthy, ways to cope with their stress. This also allows them to feel as though they are not the only ones that are feeling this holiday stress. Group discussions and one-on-one-check ins with managers are the best ways to make sure your employees are coping well. 

Take Time Away from Your Desk.During the holidays it can be hard to find time to exercise, but it is more important than ever. Exercising and having an active body leads to having a healthy mind. Some companies, such as Mediacom, have hosted a “healthy hour” after work where they provide free workout classes to their employees.

Have Outside Resources. In addition to all of the other tools you provide your employees with, have experts available for them to talk to. Whether they come into the office to talk on the topic of stress or you provide your employees with a way to contact them, speaking to an expert can help them find a balance during the holidays. 

Be Transparent About Stress. By acknowledging that the holidays are a stressful time, people are then more likely to seek resources instead of finding other, most likely unhealthy, ways to cope with their stress. This also allows them to feel as though they are not the only ones that are feeling this holiday stress. Group discussions and one-on-one-check ins with managers are the best ways to make sure your employees are coping well. 

Take Time Away from Your Desk. During the holidays it can be hard to find a time to exercise, but it is more important than ever. Exercising and having an active body leads to having a healthy mind. Some companies, such as Mediacom, have hosted a “healthy hour” after work where they provide free workout classes to their employees. 

Have Outside Resources. In addition to all of the other tools you provide your employees with, have experts available for them to talk to. Whether they come into the office to talk on the topic of stress or you provide your employees with a way to contact them, speaking to an expert can help them find a balance during the holidays. 

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