How can stress and burnout within an organization be remedied?
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There are many ways that stress can be alleviated within an organization. Let us look at two general types of ways in which this can be done.
First, we can try to change the organization itself to make work less stressful. A very good thing to do here is to make the organization more responsive to its members. In other words, we might want to create ways for employees to give input on various issues. This will make them feel more valued and will reduce their stress.
Second, we can try to help the employees alter their personal lives in ways that will help them alleviate stress. For example, we can have wellness programs. In these programs, we can have presentations and newsletters that give people stress-reducing tips (as well as tips on things like health and safety). We can set up incentive programs that encourage people to do things that reduce stress. For example, we could give extra vacation hours each year to people who complete wellness activities. These could include things like a certain number of hours of reading, gardening, learning new things, or going to church. They could also include things like exercise (to facilitate this, we could have an exercise room or rooms that employees could use on breaks or before or after work).
Thus, we can try to reduce stress and burnout by changing our work climate and/or by helping our employees do activities that will reduce these things.
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