Workplace stress can lead to a range of physiological and psychological impacts, including cardiovascular disease, burnout, depression and anxiety.

A workplace well-being initiative can help, says a recent article from Human Resources Director Australia.

The initiative doesn’t have to be a costly, complex or drawn-out process.

Some ideas to get started:

  • Create opportunities for staff to spend more positive time together, which can help build better interpersonal connections and improve morale. Consider providing a staff room to allow employees to connect in an informal way over lunch or coffee.
  • Implement a flexible work arrangement policy.
  • Send flowers when staff are ill or are experiencing grief or loss.
  • Celebrate employee successes via a newsletter or email.
  • Check on your team’s stress level by conducting regular check-in meetings with staff members. Ask them to rate their current level of stress on a scale of 1-10, as well as their optimum stress number.
  • Discuss the causes of the stress, ways in which the employee can look after their well-being and how the team can support one another.

Read the full article: Ideas to get the workplace wellbeing ball rolling