The pharmaceutical and medical devices industry can often be very fast-paced and demanding, but that doesn’t mean you have to neglect the wellbeing of your employees. A stressed employee is often an unproductive employee, which can ultimately hurt your company’s bottom line.
There’s a growing body of research that confirms the link between employee happiness and workplace productivity
. For example, happy employees work harder and are 12% more productive and motivated than those who are unhappy or stressed.
Workplace stress can often be alleviated simply by providing opportunities to fulfil basic human needs. In addition to being less stressed, employees who feel their needs are being met in the workplace, feel more comfortable, confident, and motivated to work productively.
Here are five simple practices that will help foster a stress-free culture in your company.
1. Focus On Employee Wellness
This is something Japanese businesses have known for some time
: the company that exercises together, stays together. Working out as an office will not only build camaraderie; research shows that daily exercise can be extremely effective in lowering stress.
Whether it’s morning callisthenics, a lunchtime yoga class or an office sports team, your company’s exercise routine can take many different forms. You could even arrange to have monthly matches against other companies – imagine competing in a football match against your leading business competitor! Working together to achieve a common goal on the field will translate to having a high-performing team in the office. It’s also a great way for people to get to know everyone in the company better.
In addition to providing opportunities for group exercise, you could bring in a wellness coach to speak to staff on ways they can fit daily workouts and proper nutrition into their busy professional lives. Having a healthy diet and regular physical exercise will not only reduce work-related stress; it will also lead to clearer and more creative thinking.
2. Nurture Young Talent
Research shows that employees who benefit from mentoring programmes
have higher job satisfaction, which often correlates to increased productivity and reduced turnover. Frustration and stress over not knowing how to do a job correctly are some of the leading causes of turnover for many organisations; therefore, providing new talent with the scaffolding and feedback necessary to carry out their work correctly and effectively will increase both workplace efficiency and retention.
So, if you’ve recently hired an Emirati Regulatory Affairs Associate with little prior experience in the role, it’s crucial to ensure that a more experienced member of your team will be assigned to bring them up to speed on SFDA regulations.
Workplace mentoring programmes not only help new employees learn the ropes; they also help them to build strong professional relationships with senior members of staff. In addition to helping them perform more effectively, mentorships also give younger new team members a sense of belonging and worth.
3. Improve Communication & Employee Feedback
Ineffective communication is one of the leading causes of workplace stress and discontent, and one of the things that can ultimately sabotage your team
. One of the best ways to reduce anxiety in the workplace is to improve employer to employee communication channels as well as encouraging open communication between all team members. This will help to ensure that all employees are clear on how to fulfil their role, which will facilitate a reduction in work-related stress.
Another great way to help improve staff engagement
and reduce stress is by implementing an employee feedback system, where all employees can provide feedback to your company’s leadership team. An employee feedback system will give your employees a sense of importance, allowing them to feel understood by giving them an outlet to voice their opinions and concerns.
4. Encourage Work-Life Balance
The secret behind many highly successful companies is their promotion of work-life balance. In addition to encouraging staff to make the most of their personal time, there are many things your business can do to promote a healthier work-life
balance among your team.
You could adopt a flexible schedule, allowing employees to start/end work an hour or two later when needed. In addition to this, you could also implement a work-from-home scheme, where employees might be eligible to occasionally work at home in certain circumstances. You could even promote digital downtime by encouraging staff to go for a walk at lunchtime and take ‘digital breaks’.
Allowing employees to take time off when they’re feeling burnt out — or encouraging them to work from home when appropriate — can make a big difference in the health and satisfaction of your team
. For instance, if your Project Specialist needs to stay at home during the week to look after a sick child, allowing her the option of working from home will reduce her stress while making her feel valued and appreciated.
5. Recognise and Reward Employee Achievements
Employees appreciate sincere and specific recognition of their contributions and achievements. Effectively recognising your team members
will not only increase their sense of belonging in your company, but it will also simultaneously reduce any work-related anxiety while increasing their commitment to their role, resulting in a happier and more productive employee.
However, it’s important that employee rewards not be forced or seem contrived. While there are many ways you could show your appreciation, it’s crucial to ensure that your acknowledgements do not become expectations or entitlements. Each recognition should be tailored to the individual employee and the nature of their contribution. Implementing an employee recognition programme
that effectively rewards the successes of your staff, will not only help you to reduce stress and engage your employees, it will also work to attract the top talent you want in your company.
How Kinetic Can Help
At Kinetic we pride ourselves on being the leading regional experts in the full range of recruitment solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industries.
As such, we understand the niche requirements for all specialisms of this ever-increasing regulated industry. To find out more about how we can help you in landing your next career progression, contact us