HOW CAN MANAGERS HELP EMPLOYEES COPE WITH STRESS

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Managing stress effectively is a concern that affects all. Due to the complex nature and demands of work, stress has become a common household problem. Anxiety and burnout or low productivity aren’t uncommon in today’s scenario. In a high-pressure atmosphere, staying productive and efficient is a challenge that needs to be overcome.

Managing your own stress is a task but effective stress management can lead to a lot of positive changes in one’s life. It helps you to balance your life better, makes you happier, healthier, and productive. The supreme goal is to lead a balanced life that leaves one with enough space for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun. As a great manager, it is equally important for you to help your team cope with stress.

A great manager not only leads by example but also knows and understands how to tackle certain problems that the team faces. Here are certain practices/tips that can help you assist your team to deal with stress.

Tip #1 – Help Them Find The Root Cause

To deal with any problem efficiently, you need to find the root cause of it. It works the same with stress. Try and help them introspect the reason of their stress, a deadline that they need to meet? Something unanticipated that happened? Confronting somebody? Every problem has a root cause. Identifying the problem helps you to tackle it in different ways. For instance, if you are worried about not being able to meet a certain deadline, post-analysis you can think of ways of solving it rather than thinking of the consequences. This will not just help you in solving issues in the present but if practiced regularly culminates into a problem-solving habit which is one of the crucial aspects in professional and personal life.

Tip #2 – Encourage Well Being Practices

Encourage your team to take some time to meditate or exercise more often. Meditating at work is becoming a common phenomenon across global companies. Certain organizations are taking a step further with employee well being, by inviting fitness instructors midweek for a session that helps them relax and de-stress.

Tip #3 – Offer A Flexible Work Environment

Everybody is looking for a flexible work environment so that they can have the ideal work-life balance. Remember, salary isn’t the only thing employees join a company for. Try not to monitor them often, so long as their work is completed by a specific deadline. Allow your team members to indulge in extra-curricula outside work. Helping them dedicate their time to hobbies/interests aids in building stronger professional relationships and increases their happiness index. A happiness index is directly proportional to production output.  

Tip #4 – Recognise Their Efforts

Recognizing an employee’s efforts need not be a tangible reward. A simple “good job” is enough to motivate your team to put their best foot forward. It creates a sense of ownership and responsibility. Maybe, instead of a simple “good job”, a simple statement like, “You’ve worked really hard, it is great to see you perform so well.”, can also go a long way. Team lunches and outings for collective efforts are also a great way to showcase your appreciation towards your team.

Tip #5 – Be Approachable

Half the problems are solved when your team finds their leader approachable. There have often been reports of employees leaving an organization due to unapproachable leaders. Ensuring that the team can contact you whenever they need guidance on a particular matter not only projects that you value them but also makes it easier for them to communicate transparently. For instance, if an employee is unable to juggle between two different tasks efficiently, they may keep it hidden from their manager since they feel it is a sign of weakness leading to stress creeping-in their lives hampering productivity and the tasks at hand.

Tip #6 – Encourage Them To Take Effective Breaks

Timely breaks help you focus better on tasks. Multiple reports suggest the relationship between taking breaks and enhanced productivity. Here we do not suggest taking a break every half an hour, getting the tasks done are equally important to their well being but whenever they can afford to take a break or if they feel overwhelmed or anxious, it is better to suggest them to shut down for a while and begin again. This helps them in gaining clarity over the situation and performing the task even better.

Being a great manager is about being great with people and understanding their needs. A company is only as good as its employees. In order to successfully contribute to your company’s growth and your own, you would need to invest time in learning people management.

At YesssWorks we believe that taking care of your and your team’s mental health is equally important.

To our community and everybody reading this, we request you to take care of yourself and stay fit and happy.
Remember, “Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life”.Stay safe and take care. We’re all in this together.

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