When your teams happy, everybody’s happy! Reducing stress at work is one of the top solutions to creating a workplace that is enjoyable, profitable and productive for everyone.
What can you do about it? You’re stressed too! I know you’re trying to get everything done, on time and effectively. It seems as if no one is listening or working together. Turnover is high and goals are not being met. You’re stressed! There’s no denying it, and your team knows it and responds accordingly.
First of all let’s look at stress and what it can do to you. According to research form statisticbrain.com conducted in July 2016, the number one cause of stress in the America is Job Pressure. 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. 73% of people regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. The Annual cost of stress related health care and missed work is $300 billion in the US alone. Symptoms are varied with 51% reporting, fatigue. 44% headache and 34% upset stomach. And you the Leader are not immune to these statistics.
I recommend that you approach your workplace from a Holistic point of view. Begin immediately to turn things around. This stressful environment took years to create, it will take a bit of time and effort to turn it around and create a happy work environment for yourself and your team that you dream of.
First of all recognize that your team is not simply a cog in the machine of your business environment. Each employee has their own dreams, goals and desires. You as the leader, must learn to tap into their personal goals. Failing to do so, leaves your team feeling disengaged, unappreciated and stressed.
The first step
Get to know your staff. Ask them; Where do they want to go in their career? What do they do in their free time? How can you help them to succeed?
The second step
Ask yourself, what can I do to help my team to succeed? What haven’t I done? Do I give proper feedback, both constructive and positive? Do I let my team know that they are valued?
The third step
Take that information and truly listen, follow up and apply what you learned in a positive, constructive and holistic way. What can you, as an individual or company do to help your employee reach their personal goals? How can that have a positive influence on the company? How can you bring everyone together holistically towards the common goal? The answers are endless. Each business has a different group of individuals and personalities with as many goals and aspirations as there are stars in the sky.
The point is, if you want to be the vehicle of change in your business, treat your business and staff holistically. Holistic business strategies allow business people to develop entirely new mindsets and beliefs about their companies and their role in them. Dramatic improvements are made that help maximize the potential of business. Creating foundations that support the whole company and not just a single aspect. It all starts with you the leader.