Employee Relations involves the body of work concerned with maintaining employer-employee relationships that contribute to satisfactory productivity, motivation, and morale.
Take time to unwind…
It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate…
Stress happens. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, at times it’s unbearable. That’s why taking time for yourself is a necessity.
Combat Your Stress
With National Stress Awareness Month approaching, remember to take the time to combat your stress. HR Professionals can promote Stress Awareness in the workplace with themed recognition items or events throughout the month of April. Partner with local Health Counselors to educate your organization about Stress, in the workplace and throughout individual personal lives. If employees suffer from chronic stress and believe they can’t influence or change the situation, this presents you with the opportunity to help change their approach. Work with them to identify areas of stress and help them be willing to be flexible. Remember, everyone has the ability to choose their response to stressors, and there are various options your workplace can try together.
There are a number of cost effective, fun items any Human Resource Department can incorporate into their recognition themed events or pieces. Some companies understand the impact stress can have on their overall bottom line performance. Other organizations enjoy taking opportunities to be actively involved in the lives of their employees or their local communities. National Stress Awareness Month is a great opportunity for HR to partner with Marketing (department or efforts) to have the company logo custom imprinted on promotional products.
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Depending on your resources to allocate towards recognizing National Stress Awareness Month – or your office/workplace setting, HR Managers can also arrange for local chiropractors that offer to come into the office to educate groups of associates and offer free massages to your employees. Other ideas to partner with local small businesses include partnering with local health, nutrition, wellness or yoga clinics. Yelp is a great App/Website to use to help you get started and find out what nearby options you have.
Some other resources HR or Marketing Departments can utilize to promote Stress Awareness include:
- Partner with your local Department of Health and Human Services or the Federal Occupational Health Department’s Health Campaign for Stress.
- Gather ideas from Newspaper or Magazine Articles on Ways to Help De-Stress for National Stress Awareness Month – such as this one written by the Huffington Post
- Get informed about the statistics surrounding the impact of stress in the workplace through the American Psychological Association’s Survey, the American Institute of Stress or articles in Business Magazines such as this one written in Forbes in 2012.
- Partner with your Employee Assistance Programs or Work-Life Programs to promote education of initiatives to enhance physical and emotional well-being. If your company does not offer these programs, take the initiative to start them or seek out information from outside Human Resource Firms like Harris Rothenberg International’s “Workplace Insight Report” that shines disturbing light on stress at work.
Here are some tips about stress to help educate your company leadership for promoting awareness:
- Recognize when you don’t have control, and let it go.
- Don’t get anxious about situations that you cannot change.
- Take control of your own reactions, and focus on what makes you feel calm and in control. This may take some practice, but it pays off in peace of mind.
- Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal- professional growth.
- Set realistic goals to help you realize your vision.
Relax and Recharge
Be sure to make time for fun and relaxation so you’ll be better able to handle life’s stressors. Encourage employees to carve some time out of the day – even 10 to 15 minutes – to take care of themselves. Also, remember that exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Less stressed employees make up a more productive organization.
Everyone is different, and so are the ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are some ideas to promote in your HR and Company Communications throughout the next month:
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Go for a run
- Have a cup of tea
- Play a sport
- Spend time with a friend or loved one
- Meditate (learn how in the sidebar)
- Do yoga
While you can’t avoid stress, you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it. The ultimate reward for your efforts is a healthy, balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.
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Victor Vroom, Expectancy Theory 
Vroom’s expectancy theory is all about weighing options and making choices. It asserts, in essence, that people will put forth effort when they believe that such effort will result in an outcome, and that that outcome is worthwhile. This theory is composed of three key elements and resulting questions that individuals (in this case, employees) ask themselves:
- Expectancy: “How likely is it that I’ll be able to attain a particular goal (in this case, a certain level of performance) if I put forth the required effort?”
- Instrumentality: “Assuming that I do attain this level of performance, how likely it is that I’ll be recognized or rewarded in some way?”
- Valence: “Assuming that I am recognized or rewarded, what is that recognition or reward really worth to me?”
- Expectancy Theory
- Acquired Needs Theory
- Theory X and Theory Y
- Motivation-Hygiene Theory
- Operant Conditioning
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Equity Theory
- Motivation Theory and Practice
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the single most significant decision
I can make on a day to day basis is
“my choice of attitude”…
It is more important than my past,
my successes or failures,
fame or pain,
what other people think about me,
or say about me,
my circumstances or my position.
Attitude is that “single string”
that keeps me going or cripples my progress.
It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope.
When my attitudes are right there’s no barrier too high,
no valley too deep,
no dream too extreme,
no challenge too great for me.