Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line
Unchecked Staff Stress in the workplace can drain the energy out of the office, greatly reduce productivity and increase illness and absenteeism.
Stress Symptoms in the Workplace Include:
- waning energy
- job resentment
Do we accept this as the typical cycle of work life?
As the leader of your team, what can you do to either prevent or stem the tide before it becomes unmanageable?
Beyond some of the obvious sources of this stress, there are more clandestine causes to consider.
Sarah Torres-Ferrick a human resources expert at HR Circle Online identifies the following causes.
- Conflicting and unclear demands from the boss. In my early career I recall times that I was given an assignment that I didn’t fully understand and not wanting to appear less than inadequate; said nothing.
Bosses need to be as specific as possible and ask the employee how they plan to proceed and invite them to trust their own skills; giving them decision-making control. Assure them that your door is open and there are no “dumb” questions. This alone can avoid so much anxiety and pain for everyone.
- Exorbitant work loads. It has become common to tackle company functions with less than adequate staff due to attrition or budget restraints or increased business. While adding staff may appear costly, it may end up costing more due to decreased productivity in the long run. A very effective strategy is to review all the employees responsibilities to gain a comprehensive understanding of their workload. This may enlighten you as to the overwhelming responsibilities whether real or perceived.
The key is to prioritize their duties, remove unproductive tasks when possible, and when appropriate implement a more efficient approach to certain assignments. Reducing the workload can greatly improve attitude and productivity.
Next time we’ll discuss Work-Life Balance and granting certain Decision-Making Control.
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