As the clock ticks closer and closer to the end of the day, you start to think that you might be able to go home at a reasonable hour. With seven unanswered emails burning a hole in your screen and a mountain of invoices to file, you chalk this up to an unfortunate everyday feeling: stress.

We all experience various degrees of stress in our lifetime. Remember worrying if your parents were going to find out that you’re the one who broke that vase and not your little brother? From events at home to workplace woes, it’s crucial that you keep your personal stress levels in check before you let it affect your health and the mental health of your employees.

By helping your employees deal with stress, it can lead to greater productivity and motivation to perform better.

Step 1.

With a multitude of projects and tasks to take care of each day, it’s easy for your employees to get mixed up in what takes priority. Because of this, they will often skip from project to project or put off the most impactful responsibilities in order to get smaller items off their plate.

By developing a weekly to-do list, you can easily guide your employees to an organization method that will alleviate stress. Encourage managers or supervisors of your team to define goals and set timelines.

Step 2.

Restructuring your entire marketing plan? Transferring those files bursting out of the cabinets to a secure online platform? Huge projects like this can feel overwhelming.

Breaking these types of assignments into smaller, more manageable steps will help you maintain a calm group of employees who will be motivated to work harder toward a larger goal.

Step 3.

Stemming from the previous step, another approach to tackling these types of projects or even day-to-day management is by delegating. With a solid communication plan, you can take the burden off yourself and set expectations for your employees. This is another way you can prevent micromanaging which can often lead to a stressful employee.

Step 4.

Communication. Above everything else, strong levels of communication are crucial when it comes to relieving your employees’ stress. Think of a time that you were left wondering if the project you just submitted was accurate.

Communication expectations should be established from the very beginning. This will allow for open conversations with your employees.

Quick actionable stress relief tactics your whole team can implement:

Make meetings meaningful: One survey conducted by Harvard Business Review shows that only 17% of the nearly 200 surveyed senior executives from various industries “reported that their meetings are generally productive uses of group and individual time.” Block out specific times during the week for meetings and stick to a clear agenda. This will help free up time for your employees to complete their other projects. 

Fancy some fresh air: Recharging the batteries is key in motoring through your challenges ahead. Mental and physical breaks help sustain productivity.

Lighten the load with laughter: When the going gets tough, laugh it off. Create a work environment where your employees don’t feel afraid to let out a chuckle.

When we let irritations get in the way of the bigger picture, the resulting stress can take over our minds and hinder our goals. While it’s true we can’t predict every bump in the road, these simple stress-preventing tactics can help you and your employees focus on productivity. 

Disclaimer: Please note that this is not all-inclusive. Our guidance is designed only to give general information on the issues actually covered. It is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of all laws which may be applicable to your situation, treat exhaustively the subjects covered, provide legal advice, or render a legal opinion. Consult your own legal advisor regarding the specific application of the information to your own plan.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.