How to Keep Your Workforce Happy and Productive

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A happy workforce is a productive workforce, so it is in every company’s best interest to take care of their employees. Keeping your workforce happy can trigger a domino effect throughout the business, creating a culture of happiness, and making for a far more pleasant work environment for everyone. In turn, this can lead to improvements in all areas of your company. Benefits created from maintaining a happy workforce include; better customer service, increased productivity, and employees that are more likely to go the extra mile to help you meet tight deadlines, and complete projects.

Another significant benefit of keeping your employees happy is that your staff are likely to take less time off sick as a result of workplace stress, which is excellent both for your employee’s health and wellbeing and your business. It is likely that happy employees will also equal a higher rate of staff retention, meaning less time and money spent on recruitment and training.

Here are some suggestions on how to keep your employees happy in the workplace:

Provide the Right Tools for the Job

There is nothing more irritating than being given a task to do and then not being able to do it as you don’t have the correct equipment, or it isn’t working as it should. Slow computer systems and machines that are continually breaking down will not only seriously harm productivity, but will also mean frustrated staff. Without the right equipment, your staff is likely to feel undervalued. In short, if you want your team to do a great job, they need the right tools to do it with.

Safety First

As well as providing your staff with the right equipment, you also need to make sure that it is safe to use. Employees using unsafe equipment, or not following the correct safety procedures could cause serious injury to either your employees or member of the public, and be disastrous for your company. Unfortunately, sometimes a culture of cutting corners develops in companies; when a lax attitude towards safety becomes commonplace, the chances of an accident happening are obviously far more likely.

To keep everyone safe, it is essential that you get the equipment checked regularly to ensure it meets safety standards, companies such as Ranger can provide this service. You should also ensure that employees are adequately trained in health and safety procedures and how to use equipment safely.

Treat them Fairly

Treating people fairly to get a better response from them, is, of course, an obvious thing to do. However, it is surprising just how common it is for employers and managers to micromanage their employees and have unrealistic expectations of what they can get done.

Not treating your staff fairly, will have a significant impact on staff morale, and is likely to result in a higher turnover of staff. Making an effort to treat your employees with respect, courtesy, and fairness will mean that they are more likely to work harder for you, and will boost staff morale.

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5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress: CBD Can Help

In our modern, fast-paced world, stress is becoming a very common component in our everyday lives. It has become so common, in fact, that we no longer seem to notice stress until it has compounded into something bigger and has started affecting our health. Stress, or rather, stress hormones (a primary stress hormone like cortisol), are released into the body to trigger our “fight or flight” response. In dire situations, these hormones help elevate our energy supplies, increase the concentration of glucose in our blood, and even help our brain use glucose optimally for quicker decision making. However, long-term activation of the body’s stress system could cause a host of health problems — anxiety, depression, heart disease – to name a few.

Therefore, it is important we learn of ways to relieve ourselves of stress. Below are five simple ways to relieve stress:

1. CBD Oil

You’ve probably heard of CBD quite often this whole year. There is good reason for that. Aside from its uses in alleviating the symptoms of epilepsy, it is also being used as a natural means of reducing anxiety and a great way to relieve stress. This is because all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This is a network of CBD receptors along our central nervous system. These receptors react to CBD by fixing imbalances, strengthening our immune system, and relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. So a couple of drops of CBD oil every day might just be a great way to help relieve stress.

2. Meditation

If you are looking for a very cheap way of reducing stress without taking anything, meditation is the way to go. Meditation has been known to help ease stress and anxiety by focusing our attention to emptying our mind and breathing deeply. Not only will this help you relax, but it could also re-energize you to help you face the rest of your day with a bit more calm. If you find yourself stressed by too many meetings or an impending deadline, take a few minutes to center yourself, empty your mind of any thoughts, and breathe.

3. Exercise

Physical activity causes our body to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin. To people who have experienced what is called the “runner’s high”, this is actually the rush of endorphins released by your body as a response to running. Endorphins help our body reduce stress by helping our body overcome pain, and regulate our sleep. The stress hormone cortisol actually reduces the production of happy hormones in our body which will lead to more stress for us. Exercising would help build these hormones back up in our system.

4. Reduce caffeine

We all have a caffeine threshold. Caffeine is known to help keep us awake and give us that boost of much-needed energy, especially in the mornings when all we want is to go back to sleep. However, too much caffeine can contribute to anxiety which in turn causes stress. It could also cause heart palpitations, cold sweat, and some digestive upset when you take too much caffeine. So if you find yourself getting anxious after your second or third cup of coffee, it might be a good idea to skip that cup of joe and maybe have something with lower caffeine levels. Perhaps a nice low caffeine tea, or, dare we say, some decaf coffee?

5. Socialize

Spending time with friends and family is a great stress reliever. No matter how introverted and socially averse you are, there is always someone you prefer spending your time with. And for those of us who are extroverted, being with people is an energizing experience. Laughing and having an enjoyable time with the people you love will help you relax more, and forget about your woes. In women, spending time with family and children helps in releasing oxytocin, a natural stress reliever.

No matter your station in life, stress is unavoidable. Keeping these five tips in mind will help you in managing or maybe even relieving stress. And in turn will help you enjoy life more, avoid health issues, and even develop a healthier relationship with yourself and with your social circle.

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