Sun. Jan 17th, 2021

How Leaders can help their teams manage stress at workplace

Today we are confronted with a growing pace of stress and work pressure which comes from long working hours along with physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting nature of work. This pushes us into a pit full of stress, burnouts and disengagement at the workplace and which even tends to haunt us at our home.

As a leader, it is already very much challenging to handle our own stress and carry our own burden. On top of that, it is also one of our prime responsibilities to take care of our co-workers and teammates. But one should fret not as there are many ways which can be deployed to effectively bring down the horrors of stress and help us as well as our teammates to manage stress at workplace to give their best forgetting the rest.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team”, truly remarked by Philip Douglas Jackson. Jackson was an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association. A power forward, Jackson played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning NBA championships with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. Who truly knows the value of teamwork and collective team efforts.

So as a leader we should stand behind our every team member and strengthen them by helping them achieve great resilience to everyday stress-inducing routine. So here are some ways leaders can help their Teams Manage Stress at the Workplace.

Train the brain to preside over chaos:

We could encourage them to practice mindfulness as it can ingrain useful mental habits that enhance pliability and potency at work in our personal life. Leaders and teams who give precedence to mindfulness merge better, control stress more productively and upgrade performance, as per the report

Multitasking is a myth:

Humans are not computers — we are not “effective or efficient parallel processors. Dr. JoAnn Deak author of ‘Your Fantastic Elastic Brain” states“When you try to multitask, in the short term it doubles the amount of time it takes to do a task and it usually at least double the number of mistakes.” Productivity and efficiency will be gained by reaching the peak of levels. Team members should be encouraged to do “monotask” and focus on one task at a time.

Show compassion and empathy:

Managers who show compassion and empathy to their teams remarkably improve employee execution, engagement and overall, expediency according to the report. “Within an organization single greatest influence on productivity and profitability is the potentiality of leaders to spend more time and effort to evolving and recognizing people, welcoming feedback, including criticism and uphold cooperation among staff,” a seminal research project at the University of New South Wales found, according to the report. The report also noted leaders should strive to “understand people’s motivators, hopes and difficulties and to create the right support mechanism to allow people to be as good as they can be.”For instance, we can look at Charles Field Marsham who is a Canadian entrepreneur with more than twenty-five years of experience of building businesses. Who have actively played the role of a leader as well as a curator of his team which had helped him in succeeding enormously. Charles Field Marsham has also along with his wife, Rita, founded The Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation.

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