As a great leader, you can reduce stress in the workplace by creating a healthy workplace environment. A healthy workplace environment is ideal when it comes to maintaining a positive outcome in a stressful atmosphere.
It can be tough enough to manage your own stress. But how can you, as a leader, help the members of your team handle their feelings of stress, burnout, or disengagement?
Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now work in 24/7 environments, anxiety and burnout are not uncommon. In our high-pressure workplaces, staying productive and engaged can be challenging.
Although it’s unlikely that the pace or intensity of work will change much anytime soon, there’s a growing body of research that suggests certain types of development activities can effectively build the capacity for resilience.
Employee burnout is becoming a huge problem globally. Team leaders and managers must, therefore, work towards managing stress levels at the workplace, even if it is not included in their KRA (Key Reporting Areas). This is because happy employees tend to be more productive and translate into happier clients and better ROI.
Here are three ways to do just that.
Transparency is often touted, but you can exercise a powerful and unique style of leadership by personally sharing company values and objectives in communications held for the sole purpose of reducing employee stress. Use those opportunities to be clear about how employees fit into the bigger picture and thank individuals and team them for their contributions. At every turn possible, try to remember to share company performance data and results and attribute them to employees. When you’re not transparent, employees feel out of the loop and in limbo, which causes a lot of worrying and thinking about worst-case scenarios. When you’re transparent and appreciative, your team members will trust you, and you’ll improve as a leader, reducing their stress and yours.
Offer a flexible work environment.
Nowadays, everyone is looking for that flexibility at work. Allow your team members flexibility by not monitoring them often, so long as their work is completed by specific deadlines. Remember that salary is not everything. Allow that team member who has children by letting them come into the office early and leave early to pick their children up. Or allow working from home once a fortnight so team members can have a change of environment once a while. As a great leader, you will always need to look for ways to reduce stress in the workplace.
Another way to reduce stress in the workplace is by encouraging workplace recognition. Great companies know that the employees are the heart of the business. However, a great leader should recognize the effort of their team members and appreciate what they have done for the company. So, you can either have a short chat with them and tell them what a great job they have been doing or make a small announcement about it during your weekly meetings in front of their colleagues.
The bottom line for leaders is that personal development makes each person, and the entire team, better, enabling higher performance and engagement over time. Doing well at work and encouraging people to feel well isn’t just possible — it’s the foundation of a high-performance team.