Do you think your team members are under stress? Everyone seems overwhelmed and too busy these days. But even when your team members have a lot on their plate, they don’t need to put their health or happiness on the line to attain it. Afterall, teams can only deliver their best work in a positive stress-free environment.
So what can you do to reduce stress in your team? How can you help them focus on what really needs to be done?
As a leader, your job is to help your employees find the right balance. Sure, you need results, but you wouldn’t want it at the risk of burnout. Research shows that memory, attention span, and focus suffer when people try to manage the constant flow of communication and distractions that are an inevitable part of the workplace.
And it is your responsibility to help team members navigate chaos, reduce stress, and make sure your team can do their best work.
Teach team members to manage their own stress in the workplace.
A better sense of personal control reduces worker stress. Brain-stimulated stress hormonal activity decreases when we feel we have enough control over our circumstances and are no longer threatened. Help your team succeed by providing essential stress management tools such as:
- Training on prioritization, delegation, and time management.
- Encourage them to regularly assess and manage their personal stress levels.
- Provide resources, where allowed, to manage personal stress and cope with its effects.
Inform team members about what’s going on. Leaving people out of conversations or information can quickly lead to feelings of disconnection from the business and fear for the future – which are serious stressors.
Plan regular meetings to keep the team updated on what’s going on. This reduces the chances of any team member feeling left out. Emphasize the importance of the team to the company’s mission and express your appreciation for the employee’s efforts. Let them know the status of the performance metrics and what they reflect on their work.
Encourage team members to get good sleep
The alarming figure is that 37% of the workforce does not get enough sleep. Sleep problems and stress can combine to create a vicious cycle of not being able to sleep due to stress, followed by increased stress effects from lack of sleep.
Stress hormones can trigger the release of hormones that act on the body as stimulants, leading to disrupted sleep.
Lack of sleep can have several serious consequences to the productivity of your team members. Its leads to poor concentration, mood swings, lower motivation, anger, indecisiveness, increase in error and more.
It is in your best interest to encourage team members to manage their time well and get balanced sleep. Provide resources and offer help, wherever you can. And ensure that you take your team’s feedback while you proceed in every step.
Have realistic expectations for reduced stress
Great leaders understand that imposing unrealistic expectations or requirements that are inconsistent with the abilities of workers will add undue stress to the workforce. staff. Such requirements have the potential to lead to negative consequences in terms of team disengagement, low motivation, staff attrition, and the high costs associated with excessive revenue.
Ambitious, challenging goals and the determination to achieve them are the seeds of leadership greatness. It’s important to lead in a way that allows your team to support your vision, but also ensures safety in their work. Employees must be able to believe that they can succeed in meeting expectations. So it is highly important that you set attainable, realistic goals.
Encourage two-way communication
Promote open communication with your employees. Listen carefully. Ask team members if they have everything they need to do their job properly. Willing to listen to their ideas, problems and ideas on how to improve operations and the working environment.
Be on the lookout for issues that could negatively affect employee retention or the performance of your business. Whatever they are, they are bound to be significant stressors for your team.
Break down barriers, address other issues in the workplace, and empower people to overcome personal challenges as they arise. Strive to strengthen working relationships and promote a supportive work culture. Communicating about stressful issues is in itself a free way to relieve stress.
Do not impose serious consequences for failure
Of course, everyone makes mistakes. So it makes sense that in the best organizations, leaders see the mistakes and failures that occur while trying to get great work done as opportunities for creative solutions.
Micromanagement or strict discipline for employees who make mistakes not only increases stress levels, but also stifles creativity, risk-taking, and potential innovations that can create a free and open work environment. easier to forgive.
Applying general limits is necessary, but it’s a self-defeating approach that puts people at work in fear of making mistakes while they learn tasks or processes, or try out ideas. new.
Build a good stress management model at work.
Measure your own words and actions in the workplace. That doesn’t mean you’re introducing an emotionless cyborg to your team.
This is in contrast to everything suggested elsewhere on this list in terms of concepts that help your employees feel more comfortable with you as a leader.
To ensure this, you must provide your team members with all the necessary resources. For instance, if team members are struggling to keep track of their tasks, you could implement a task management tool in your team. Or if they are struggling to stay focused, you could narrow down their distractions and triggers, and help provide the necessary help.
Remember a happy team is a productive team!