Four Ways Employers Can Limit Workplace Stress, Improve Performance, and Decrease Litigation Risk

Employers are under more pressure than ever to get work done in less time and hire fewer workers to carry a heavier load to stay active in a competitive market. This creates stress in your environment, and possibly dissatisfied employees. It is important to motivate employees to do their best work, and here are four ways employers can keep them motivated without increasing their litigation risk:


  1. Weekly Planning. Employers should be mindful of how much work they hand off to employees to complete for the week. Scheduling a Monday morning meeting to discuss and allocate tasks to each employee creates an open dialogue on an appropriate workload for the week ahead. Communicating with employees on a consistent basis helps to foster efficiency and accountability, while monitoring how much work gets piled on their desk.


  1. Celebrate Accomplishments. Everyone enjoys affirmation. When employers are particularly pleased with an employee’s performance, they should take the time to show that the employee’s work is an appreciated, integral part of what you are trying to accomplish. Treating the office to lunch or 5 o’clock happy hour is a great way to not only reward an employee’s commitment, but also motivate employees to continue to work hard and improve on their performance going forward. 


  1. Paid Time Off. Work/life balance is crucial to getting the best out of your employees. Rewarding good work with paid time off helps to keep employees fresh and energized.  An employee that has paid time off will be more motivated to work hard now, in exchange for a vacation without penalty around the corner.


  1. Keep an Open Mind. Keeping an open mind is as beneficial to employers as it is to employees.  When an employer listens and implements changes suggested by an employee, it shows the employee that she is an important piece of workplace success and ensures that the employee is incented to make her suggestions successful. Also, when an employer reminds himself to keep an open mind, he is able to see the office from a number of different perspectives, rather than simply his own.

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