You’ve just seen a big spike in stress on the graph. What do you do?
Well, the first thing to do is not panic.
Remember, it’s just an early warning signal.
You’ve got time to act before things get out of hand.
Pay attention to what your team is doing when stress spikes.
Where are they?
What are they saying?
Are they at their desks, madly working away?
Are they talking to each other?
Have they all disappeared?
Look for recurring patterns of behaviour, and environmental factors.
The important thing here is to get a gauge of what’s happening when stress spikes.
Think about anything immediately obvious that you can address.
For example, a long line for coffee, preventing your team from their getting their much needed caffeine fix.
Pay attention to what your team is doing at times of peak wellness.
Try to mix it up a bit at recurring times of stress, by recreating some of the conditions that result in wellness.
This can help prevent recurring stress before it becomes at issue.
Are you seeing spikes in stress and wellness at the same time?
That’s ok. Not all stress is bad.
In fact, short bursts of stress can increase focus and productivity.
It’s the fight-or-flight reflex triggering. And it’s actually quite healthy.
However, stress should only be temporary.
Ensure your team can return to a state of calm, to avoid negative health effects, and maximise well-being and productivity.
Check out these tips for avoiding stress in the workplace.
Use Pioneera to track how your team is feeling.
Check back regularly to see if/how your efforts are providing the support and reward your team needs.