How A Business Leader Can Help Manage Stress in The Work Environment
by Samuel Gitukui
As a business leader, you want to avoid stress at the workplace as much as possible. In the modern hectic business world, stress at work is an epidemic. Not only will it hurt the health of the worker, but it will also hurt the overall performance of the business.
But there are different levels of stress. Acute or short-term stress lasts just a short time until the project causing the stress is handled. The human body is designed to cope with short levels of stress. It is the long-term stress that has the largest potential for disruption.
Whenever you notice any type of chronic or long-term stress, it is important that you have measures in place to deal with it.
This explains why the leader’s job is highly important. Team members will have improved health, relationships and productivity once stress is managed.
Happy workers translate to better relationships with the suppliers, lenders and customers. This will push your business to the next level.
This is how to manage stress in the workplace.
1. Provide solutions
The best business leaders empower their workers to manage stress by themselves. One of the ways to do this is by providing them with time management classes where they learn how to delegate and prioritize on tasks. The team members are better able to determine the best way to manage their own stress.
While most managers will leave the task of managing the workforce to the HR, getting into the problem yourself as a leader shows your team that you are concerned for their wellbeing and that you want to see them develop both health wise and career wise.
But why is empowering employees so important. Well, when they feel in control, they have less stress and more job satisfaction.
Cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine are all stress hormones that are released by the brain. The more comfortable people feel, the less of these hormones are produced.
2. Be transparent
By creating time for conversations with your employees, you can discuss company values and morals and objectives.
Take the time to thank the team members for being a part of the organization and acknowledge each individual’s contribution to the team.
Regular meetings will allow you to show the company data and performance to the members. Attribute the individual successes to the individual team members.
Your team members will feel part of the business family and will have a clear picture of what their roles are in the organization thus reducing overall stress and boosting performance.
3.Take time off
Research shows that up to 80 percent of workers will force themselves to work when being sick. A good business leader knows that this will only make things worse eventually as the stress levels rise to chronic levels.
Be the leader that creates an environment that encourages workers to take the time off and take care of themselves. Less stress equals more job satisfaction and thus better production.