brier August 15, 2011 No Comments

Every good business owner knows that their Florida commercial insurance package is not complete without comprehensive workers compensation.

Why you ask? Well, quite frankly, it’s important that you protect yourself and your employees from workplace risks – and one aspect which tends to weigh heavily on all members of your professional staff is stress.

Stress happens to be a major contributing factor to many claims made under the workers compensation aspect of your commercial insurance package. As an employer, the chances are you have enough stress of your own to manage – learning to manage this stress may help you to apply similar principles in your workplace and reduce the risk of stress related claims.

So how do you deal with stress at work? The first step is planning.

  • Take 5 or 10 minutes every morning to look at what needs doing and prioritize your tasks.
  • Varying your tasks can help keep you feeling fresh. If you have a lot of little tasks such as making phone calls and returning emails, bundle all of these jobs together and set aside a block of time to do them.
  • Keep a note pad and tick items off as they’re completed (it’s therapeutic!).
  • If you are in a position to delegate, do so, and if not, ask for help if you’re feeling particularly overburdened.
  • Are you always behind? It’s time to assess whether you have too much work and need assistance, or whether your time management skills need improving.
  • Workplace stress can impact on the body physically causing headaches, and back, neck and shoulder pain – so take regular short breaks to stretch your legs, and your limbs and reduce this risk.

Are your workers under stress? Showing that you’re aware of the issue and taking steps to improve the situation may go a long way towards preventing accidents and claims on your Florida workers compensation policy.