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Clear expectations can help reduce workplace stress

Well-designed employee reward and recognition programs can help clarify job expectations for workers.

Well-designed employee reward and recognition programs can help clarify job expectations for workers. For example, reward programs can be designed with specific initiatives in mind. Motivating employees by emphasizing goals and expectations can result in better performance, but there is an additional benefit: less stress.

According to research by Towers Watson, unclear job expectations is a leading cause of workplace stress for employees. Although workers identified the problem as the third highest reason for their stress, employers were far less aware of the problem. Therefore, it’s important for supervisors to keep clarity in mind when training and managing employees.

In a Huffington Post blog, Bruce Tulgan, founder and chairman of RainmakerThinking, Inc., advised managers to maintain a hands-on approach with team members. In particular, he noted the importance of communicating goals, deadlines and concrete action steps. After initial training, supervisors should give employees some autonomy and breathing room, but continue to monitor performance, he added. If workers start to struggle, it could indicate that they need more guidance or clarification.

Focusing on concrete goals and initiatives with employee reward programs can also help to keep objectives on workers’ minds. Reward program technology can take care of the details, avoiding added stress for management.

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