Stress Awareness Week 2022 – Combatting Workplace Stress

11th November 2022
Written by Lauren Cowley

This Stress Awareness Week 2022, HRS have been reflecting on how we as a company help to combat workplace stress. In the 2022 Workplace Health report, a third of employees reported experiencing moderate-high or high workplace stress, with the main causes of stress being work pressure, poor organisation and lack of support from managers.  We know that reducing stress and cultivating a calm company culture is vital to ensuring a happy, productive team.  

At HRS we pride ourselves on building and maintaining a company culture conducive to reducing stress. Our remote working model allows our team to work flexibly around times that suit them best, promoting a healthy work-life balance. We ensure that despite this remote model, all employees engage in regular 1 –1s with line managers, and operate a virtual-open door policy and encourage all our team to pick up the phone whenever they need to.  

We regularly ask our employees and freelancers for feedback around what they like about the company culture and what we could do to improve it. In our most recent survey, the team said that they loved the flexibility and level of trust they received but would love more time to socialise and get to know the team. We took that on board and thus our HRS Hangout was born! We’ve put this time in every week where our employees and freelancers can drop in at their leisure for a virtual coffee and chat with the team. All work chat is off the table, so we have time to build our personal connections and replicate the normal office chit chat that is missed working remotely. 

This was a big hit with the team; one we’ll look forward to every week! As our wonderful team of experts continues to grow, we will commit to listening to and implementing any ideas that help us feel less stressed at work. 

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