Identifying and Mitigating Stress

Ways to Identify and Mitigate Stress

It is important for Housing staff to identify signs that a tenant may be experiencing stress.  These signs could include a change in normal behaviour such as sudden lateness in rental payments, issues with damage to the rental unit, and complaints from neighbours about yelling/arguing. Providing tools and workshops related to stress attributable to financial disarray, organization, and time management are good ways to help mitigate stress.

You should also encourage staff to:

  • Form positive relationships with coworkers, friends, and family.
  • Exercise regularly to help relieve stress, increase energy, and sharpen their focus.
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods rather than stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine.
  • Aim to get 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Organize their tasks to avoid last-minute scrambling.
  • Think positively and remember that they cannot control everything in their life.
  • Communicate with their leaders that they are feeling stressed.

The mental health and well-being of employees should always be a priority in order to promote success and improve the performance of the workplace as a whole. Offering support and resources to staff members can help to avoid future workplace burnout and improve employee motivation.