5 ways to minimise stress in the workplace | City Pantry
Work is the most common cause of stress for UK adults, so it is important for employers to establish supportive measures to help employees feel less stressed.
Stress is an increasingly common problem in the workplace that is costing employers a lot of money every year. 49% of all working days lost in 2016-2017 were reported as being due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s latest Labour Force Survey. In order to create a stress-free work environment that considers the well-being of all employees, it is important to implement ways to be supportive for better stress management in the workplace.
Get moving! Exercise is proven to be one of the most effective and immediate ways to release stress and is all around good for you! Added benefit: Bonding with teammates.
Exercise does not only reduce stress, but also improves alertness and concentration leading to better focus and higher productivity. Employers should make it as easy as possible for employees to exercise regularly. Encourage people to get outside during lunch, offer standings desks or mental health and exercise benefits like discounted gym memberships or yoga classes.
"Here at City Pantry we offer yoga sessions and 5 aside football to anyone who is interested in joining! It makes a great difference in helping people unwind and bond as a team."
Rosie Hyam, Office Manager at City Pantry
Allow for PTO
Lots of employees feel guilty when taking time off from work. Offer incentives for them to actually use it and respect their time off to let them fully unplug and recharge.
Having lots of great benefits and programs is a great start. Be a leader and practice what you preach by taking days off for yourself and making use of new work-wellness benefits. People look to their peers and superiors for what behaviour is acceptable in the workplace, so if leaders show that prioritising health is important and it's okay to take advantage of PTO and benefit programs, the rest of the team are more likely to follow suit.
Make them feel valued
Employees that feel understood and supported at work tend to be more loyal to their employer and are more productive at work. Find ways to vocalise appreciation of your employees and value their presence and achievements with small rewards, acknowledgements, celebratory drinks or a handwritten card.
Schedule around life
Flexible working hours have never been more popular in the modern office, with working parents juggling a work-life balance. Flexible hours are needed to accommodate children's schedule or parents' personal lives that don't always fit outside of working hours. Show your understanding by allowing work from home days or flexible working hours - a little goes a long way!
Food can make a huge difference in someone's well-being. Leaving out sugar and white carbs can help you feel more energetic and avoids the afternoon slump. Here at City Pantry, we partner with lots of restaurants that understand the importance of a healthy, balanced meal. Do yourself (and your health) a favour by adding some of these into your lunch order rotation to feel your absolute best.
Here are some of our favourites:
When the pressure is high, ease your anxiety with this anti-stress salad that will keep you sharp, balanced, and ready to conquer your to-do-list! Made with French lentils, kale, plum tomatoes, basil chickpeas, spinach, roasted asparagus and many more delicious and healthy ingredients will keep you powering through the day!
Fuel your day with a nourishing and wholesome salad with cashew nut and basil pesto, mixed quinoa and a white bean mash! This super salad has everything you need to set yourself up for success while powering up on healthy and ingredients that will leave you feeling fuller for longer.
Kickstart your healthy journey with this tasty Greek salad with a twist! Their menu features everything from feta pistachios, mint, red chilli, cucumber, quinoa and kale salad to a leafy salad mix and sweet chilli dressing.
Junius offers a variety of healthy boxes that keep you full and satisfied until dinner time. Try this tasty nutrition bomb with prawn kedgeree, free-range eggs, brown rice, lettuce and cucumber and turmeric, mango and black pepper dressing!
Ready to do yourself and your team members a favour by upgrading to tasty and healthy food? Have a look at our menu and take matters into your own hands!
Here at City Pantry, we swap office food for good food. That means we deliver from over 500 restaurants straight to your office, all for the same price as going direct.
Simply head to the website, enter your postcode and take a look at all the options available near you today.
If you frequently hit the afternoon slump or find yourself unable to resist sugary snacks, the City Pantry team have got all the tips you need to develop a healthier workday routine and inject some new habits into your schedule.