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Why congestion causes workplace stress and what to do about it - Hamish McLachlan

Aucklanders typically spend around 80 hours a year stuck in traffic – that’s two full working weeks employees don’t get paid for, and two full weeks that could have been spent on family time, the gym, a personal hobby, or relaxing and recharging. Instead, workers get home at 7pm and only have time to cook dinner and go to sleep, just to do it all again the next day.

Issues around congestion have a direct impact on workers because longer travel times impact on personal lives, increases costs and impacts on family logistics. The result of this? Stress, stress, and more stress. As most of these factors are out of a business owners’ control, employers need to find other ways to ease pressures within the workplace to help drive productivity despite growing societal problems outside.

1. Change up the working environment

Business owners can encourage and allow for part-time working, remote working, and flexible working hours. As well as this, putting employees into different office spaces can provide variation and the potential for employees to communicate differently, and with a wider group of people.

2. Delegating responsibility

Not meddling and giving employees the opportunity to lead and work freely will help empower them to make decisions and give them the space to work the way they need. Empowered and engaged employees deliver a far better job or outcome for clients than when you’re sitting on top of them telling them they need to be more efficient.

3. Good relationships within the workplace

Celebrating successes, encouraging employees instead of demanding, listening and supporting them in all their endeavours can ease external societal pressures and improve productivity.

At OneHQ, from implementing the above aspects, everyone has banded and bonded together to focus on our core values, and empowered staff has been the result of people knowing what they’re doing, communicating and talking, as well as holding each other accountable. Mental health issues are often born out of stress; therefore, employee well-being should be of first and foremost importance. Being aware, listening, and supporting staff in the right ways can help overcome that.

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