From keeping clients happy to meeting seemingly impossible deadlines, we all know careers come with a lot of pressure. With pressure comes stress. Which is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, it motivates us to do our best. But if we can’t manage workplace stress, it hurts our personal wellbeing along with our work performance. When you are in a position of leadership, you manage not only your response to stress but also that of your employees. Read on for 3 tips to help you lead your team through trying times:
Lead by example.
To help others deal with workplace stress, you must first develop your own healthy stress management techniques. The most important (and often neglected) step is to practice self-care. A balanced diet, proper sleep, and regular exercise are vital to your overall wellbeing. To fit self-care into a busy work schedule, you also need to manage your time well. Prioritizing tasks can help you balance your personal and professional responsibilities. With balance comes confidence in your ability to handle stressful situations. Your employees will see how you manage stress successfully.
Focus on solutions.
When problems arise, it can be easy to get stuck on what is going wrong. Without even realizing it, we find ourselves spending all our time and energy worrying about a problem and its possible consequences. Unfortunately, this will not get you anywhere but overstressed and overwhelmed. Once a problem has occurred you can’t change that fact, but you can control your response to it. Accept the existence of the issue and work toward improvement. Figure out what is causing the problem and focus on finding solutions. Take positive action to overcome negative situations.
Yes, you are the leader and you make the final decisions. But that does not mean you have to go through the entire process alone. You are part of a team of qualified professionals with diverse strengths. Use this to your advantage when faced with workplace stress. Keep team members informed so they can be part of the decision-making and problem-solving processes. Be approachable so they feel they can come to you with any questions or potential issues. Regularly asking for feedback can also help you make sure that your employees are not feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
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