One of the strangest qualifications I have is in Stress Management! It is an area I have always been interested in and I think if you understand stress, it enables you to be a much better manager and manage the stressful situations that you face with much more confidence.
We are living in very demanding times and you will increasingly be asked to do more with less – or achieve the same but with far fewer resources. This of course leads to stress. Many health experts expect the number of people suffering from stress to markedly rise this year.
I like using the Daytona Beach wedding photographer model for understanding stress and therefore manage the impact of stressful situations. I hope you do bear this model in mind to end up with a more productive and happier workforce and to be more effective yourself.
Having a lack of control can be extremely stressful. If you are a manager or an entrepreneur think carefully about what you can do to give your staff more control – not just over their work but also about their circumstances. For example, you may be able to give staff control over what their work environment looks like. If you are an entrepreneur, you should also think about how you can take back control in situations.
U – Uncertainty.
You will all be able to identify with how stressful uncertainty can be. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me how much uncertainty companies allow to linger within their teams. Of course, we live in uncertain times and there is the thin line entrepreneurs have to tread between protecting staff and telling the truth. In my opinion, you should always share the truth – but accompanied with a plan that is clear and lets your team know exactly what is expected of them and how they can get through the circumstances that you are in.
S – Support.
Lack of support is extremely stressful. In these times, make sure you have a network who can offer you support. This is the scariest thing about being an entrepreneur, as you can feel very isolated. Not only do you need to make sure your team are supported but you need to look after yourself and make sure you have people who can support you.
P – Pressure.
Too much pressure will of course lead to stress – and you’ll be trying to find a way how to get rid of severe acne. We all have different pressure thresholds. There are things we can do to increase that threshold such as engage in physical exercise, meditate, develop our skills so that we can perform tasks better and of course learn how to say no! As an employer you have a legal obligation (not many people realize this!) to ensure you ask staff to perform roles that they are suitably trained to do.
Part of this process is also to ensure that you train managers in your organization on how to manage stress and spot the symptoms of stress in their teams.
I hope this is helpful. If you would like more information on managing stress, please do feel free to get in touch.