Workplace stress is an issue. According to The American Institute of Stress, 80 percent of workers feel stress on the job. Nearly half say that they need help in learning how to manage stress. An increasing number of organizations are looking at formal wellness programs, but honestly, that might not be enough. Organizations might have to think about how they create cultures that allow employees to feel comfortable practicing self-care.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a first step for human resources departments might be to understand what types of resources are available. I’ve put together a few from HR Bartender that you might find helpful.
Strategies for Handling Burnout – Happy hours can be fun, but they’re not an effective solution for workplace burnout. This article shares some resources that can help in handling burnout.
How to Reduce Individual Stress Levels at Work – Dr. Srikumar Rao, author of “Happiness at Work” outlines three activities to help reduce stress.
How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine – Whether it’s for productivity, wellness or other reasons, a good morning routine makes a difference. Here are 5 steps to help you get a good start each day.
There are Many Ways to Practice Mindfulness – Employee burnout has become a serious issue. What can we do about it? Mindfulness has surfaced as a possible solution. And there are many ways to do it.
The Business Benefits of Mindful Leadership – Mindfulness has become a topic of focus in boardrooms across the globe. Mindful leadership is about knowing how to treat others while accomplishing goals. Pandit Dasa gives a preview in this YouTube video.
Future Leaders Need Organizational Mindfulness – Organizational development expert Elad Levinson tells us that mindfulness is a necessary trait in leadership. It can be developed at every company level.
Everything Leaders Need to Know About Mindfulness – We are all challenged by “always being on”. Leaders and managers can’t afford the stress. Mindfulness can help clear the stress and promote focus.
One last resource that I wanted to share with you. If you like biographies and want a deeper dive into mindfulness, check out the book “Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine”. It’s Pandit Dasa’s journey from growing up in India to becoming a monk in New York City. Absolutely fascinating and enlightening.
The ways that each of us manage stress are unique and personal. There are tools – like mindfulness – that can help us. And we have the ability to personalize the experience to meet our needs.
Oh, and P.S. If you want a visual reminder of the “5 Keys to Mindful Leadership”, Pandit sent me a something that you can put together and keep with you. I made a bookmark that I keep in my office planner. Simply print two copies of the “5 Keys”, trim it to the size you want, then laminate it. Make multiple copies and distribute them to the team.21