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Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line

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:Man, Employee, Office, Manager, Good, Morning

  • waning energy
  • fatigue
  • burnout
  • job resentment
  • cynicism
  • Negativity

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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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Does Your Office Technology Frustrate You? [Infographic]

Today’s daily life stress and frustrations can come from many places, both at home and at work. One common cause of frustrations is Technology, and the stress it causes can really derail your day. Small frustrations can be ignored, but frequent Technology frustrations can add up over time and cause you more stress than you know…

This Infographic from Asurion.com shows just how Frustrating Technology can be….


Does Technology frustrate you.

frustrated with technologySo, if your office tech has you frustrated, don’t punch your laptop! Come by Simply Smashing in Tempe today and smash away your frustrations by booking an appointment in one of our Rage Rooms!

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How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work Right

Technology: love it or hate it, you have to live with it. Sometimes I have the desire to go live on a cruise ship — off the grid. But, alas, I have a business to run and clients to serve.

However, it does get a little difficult when your business email stops working or your website domain name (URL/web address) all of a sudden points to the wrong site. That happened to me last week.

I host my website with Siteground. I moved it from GoDaddy on the advice of a friend of mine who’s a website specialist after my site was hacked twice in 2014. My domain name (the .com web address) was still registered with GoDaddy and pointing to the site hosted (residing) on Siteground.

Everything was running smoothly until I started getting notifications from Sucuri, my security company (also signed up for that after the hacks) that my DNS address had changed for my azsocialmediawiz.com domain. I thought it odd, but didn’t think too much as I was busy doing work for clients. (The DNS address is like telling the post office where your house is located.)
Where’d my site go?

I wanted to copy a blog post of mine to repost it on the SCORE blog and my site wouldn’t come up. What was coming up was my old giselleaguiar.com domain and subdirectory which I had set up when I first started my business. Yikes! What’s going on! Since it was a domain issue, I logged into my GoDaddy account and looked around to see what could be wrong. Not finding anything out of the ordinary, I called tech support.

How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work RightThey said it was a Siteground issue. So over I go to Siteground and started a support chat. There were a few issues and they cleared it up and my site was back up.

Then every time I wanted to send an email from my business email, I’d get an error message that iMail can’t connect to the server. That happens every so often and it usually clears up on its own.

Now, my email was left at GoDaddy and everything was working fine till Siteground made some changes to the “MX”. I won’t go into detail, but it has to do with which mail server your domain name is pointing to. So after the tech support person at GoDaddy told me to go to Siteground, I decided to move my email over to Siteground — have everything in one place.

Now that you’re confused, let me interject something here.

The reason you want to have a business email address with your domain name is that it looks more professional. Having a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL address is OK, but to look more legit for branding purposes and to give yourself credibility, it helps to have and address like “yournane@yourcomapany.com”.

With that said, I was getting anxious that anyone who’s been trying to reach me via email was not getting through. I emailed my clients and some business contacts to use my Gmail address (it’s a backup – which is why you always want a backup email). I switched my site’s contact form to go to Gmail as well as my email on Facebook and LinkedIn.

So after spending hours with the Sitegound tech support, it seems my Mac’s iMail program doesn’t like their servers or firewall and we couldn’t get the mail setup. Tried to go back to GoDaddy, but that wouldn’t work. I ended up having Siteground set up a forwarding to my Gmail account. So now my business email forwards to Gmail. I don’t have time to deal with it. That will do for now.

Lessons learned with all this technology fun:

  1. Always have a backup business email. Since you need to set up a Google account for Google My Business, you might as well have a Gmail account. It’s accessible from anywhere and easy to setup on Outlook or iMail.
  2. Have everything in one provider. Some of my web friends would disagree, but after this incident going back and forth between 2 service providers was a pain. I’d move my domain name to Siteground, but I just renewed it for another year on GoDaddy. I don’t want to go through the hassle of changing it.
  3. If you don’t know what you’re doing with the technology, don’t be afraid to say so and get help from trusted sources. Watch out because there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who just what to take your money. If it sounds too good to be true it is.
  4. Back everything up. I lost files when a hard drive died and lost some emails when I switched providers.
  5. Block off time regularly to check on your technology. Make sure your website’s being backed up and it’s secure. I know a few folks that specialize in just making sure your website stays secure and running properly. It’s called a “peace of mind” service. Comment below if you’d like their names.
  6. Security is important. I use Sucuri and if it wasn’t for their warning messages of the DNS changes, I would not have known that there were issues.
  7. Don’t yell at the tech support people. Stuff happens. Their job is to fix problems and make you happy. I have to say, even after all my frustrations, both Siteground and GoDaddy’s tech support people were gracious. And they worked Saturdays and Sundays, 24 hours a day.
  8. Have a plan for when stuff happens. Living in Phoenix we don’t get many natural disasters, but I’ve lived through 6 hurricanes in my lifetime. It’s happened that major technology companies have been hacked or have lost power and they’re down for hours. Be prepared to work around it. Know where your website or ecommerce hosting provider is located. Also know what their tech support hours are and have their support phone numbers in your cell phones. And be prepared to spend some time on with tech support.

If a technology company doesn’t have 24/7 tech support don’t use them.

How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work RightAs entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we’re working odd hours as well as weekends. When something crucial is down, we need it fixed right away.

I’ve had my business email address for over 6 years. It’s everywhere — directories, business cards, flyers, social media profiles — everywhere! Having it down was crazy! It wasn’t till a client called me that he tried to email me and it bounced that I knew I had to drop everything and deal with it.

We can plan to retire off the grid, but in the meantime, learn to live with technology — it’s all around us and like it or not, we need it to function.

And if you have a frustrating day dealing with technology issues, you can always book a session at Simply Smashing Rage Release Room to break some office equipment and release your rage! 

By Giselle Aguiar, entrepreneur and marketing specialist.

This post originally appeared on the AZ Social Media Wiz blog. 

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2 Reasons Companies Fail and How to Avoid Them

Why do companies fail? 2 Reasons:

They only do more of the same or they only do what’s new.

In this Ted Talk video, Knut Haanaes explains why companies fail and how to avoid it. 

The key is finding a balance between exploration and exploitation.

  1. Get ahead of the crisis
  2. Think in multiple time scales
  3. Invite challenge
  4. Be skeptical of success

Stress can be a huge factor when running a business no matter what size the company is.

Sometimes you can do something about it, and sometimes you can’t. Either way, you need an outlet for the stress. Otherwise, you’re going to get sick.

We’ve got the safe place for you to lose control! Simply Smashing Rage Room is just that: a room where you can go and break stuff to release tensions, anxieties, stress and frustrations.

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Video: Choose to Be Healthy: How to Reduce Stress at Work

Any work environment where the employees are stressed is not a healthy working environment. Given there are some stressful occupations, but it’s up to management to figure our how to reduce stress at work.

  • stress affects workers physically
  • 50% of work-related stress causes serious health issues
  • 80% can lead to long-term, chronic illnesses
  • stress has a financial cost on businesses
  • healthcare costs have risen dramatically partly because of increased stressful lifestyles

In this video,certified healthy lifestyle & wellness coach John Fenton talks about what employers can do to reduce stress at work:


You can…

  • hire a healthy and wellness coach – which might get a bit costly
  • find a good work-life “fit”
  • choose to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle

AND you can visit a Rage Room! It’s a place where you can go an break stuff and release all your stress, frustrations and anxieties!

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Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [Infographic]

Baby boomers will remember when the Personal Computer first came out in the 90s. The coolest thing ever was their ability to do multitasking. You could have more than window or program open and easily switch back and forth.

As PCs got smarter, as did our phones, medical science now tells us that multitasking is bad for us.

I’m a high-energy person. I do have trouble shutting off my brain to relax and fall asleep at night. Even praying becomes an instant to-do list in my head.

I found this infographic on Inc. It’s created by Fuse and they’re promoting video conferencing. Which, by the way, is the only way I do 1:1 coaching. I also do initial phone consults with everybody instead of meeting them for coffee somewhere. I use an online scheduler to manage my consults. Saves a ton of time and effort.

What caught my eye in the infographic on multitasking was:

  • All the distractions and interruptions we have every day. Hence why I use a scheduler!
  • 92% of workers admit they multitask during meetings. How annoying is it when you’re presenting something and people texting or checking emails. Is it really that urgent?
  • The drop in productivity. Aren’t we multitasking to be more productive?
  • It takes longer to accomplish a single task.
  • We make more errors?

Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [infographic]

This is the first in a series of 3 articles on Multitasking, Focusing and Mindfulness.

If multitasking is leading you to anxiety and stress, Simply Smashing Rage Room will be opening soon in Tempe. It’s a place where you can go into a room by yourself or with friends and break stuff. You can release all your anger and frustrations!

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About the Author:

Giselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping small business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s been doing Internet marketing since 1995. She manages the social media and content marketing for Simply Smashing Rage Room and other clients. Check out her social media marketing classes on YouTube.

Top drawing by Urs Steiner (cc). 

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