Positive mental health means dealing with stress. Workplace stress is a daily challenge for managers and employees in offices, factories, retail stores and everywhere else. Too much stress, not dealt with properly, can lead to mental illness. Because it causes disruption in getting the job done, it must be dealt with quickly and effectively.
My Experiences Still Apply Today During a quarter-century of managing a large company’s advertising division, my basic task was to follow schedules and meet deadlines. I had to deal with employee workplace stress daily, often hourly, to fulfill the many obligations of my job. Here are some tips that may help today’s managers cope with the always-present workplace challenge.
Be A Leader In the military, an officer must be respected by staff because of strict rank structure. Conversely, a workplace manager can’t automatically assume employee respect. It must be earned and maintained daily. There are many ways to demonstrate your management leadership.
First, thoroughly know your job and those of all in the workplace who look up to you as an example for guidance and encouragement. In my experience, when pressures of an advertising deadline approached, I pitched in wherever I was needed to see that it was done right and on time.
Dealing With One Stress At A Time When there’s a major problem in the workplace, angry managers too often mistakenly gather staffs together and blame the entire group for the negative situation. The more incisive leader will be able to identify the one or two people responsible for missed deadlines, absenteeism, conflict or other stressful situations. Take each aside individually in private, closed-door sessions. State the problem and your plan to solve it. Be reasonable in listening to explanations, but the decision to do the work correctly and on time is always yours. If a warning is necessary, make it clear, specific and in writing.
Take Necessary Action Promptly As manager of an advertising staff, three of my most important workplace responsibilities were firing, hiring and promoting. Firing a disruptive employee is always difficult, but when necessary and done promptly, it improves morale and eases stress in the workplace. When an opening occurs, the manager should hire a qualified replacement quickly so that your staff may continue to meet deadlines and other responsibilities. Promoting employees is a more satisfying management task. Your leadership and guidance could be a major reason when staff members qualify for career advancement.
Rewarding Ways To Reduce Workplace Stress Beyond daily encouragement and leadership duties in the workplace, a manager should sponsor appropriate times for well-earned relaxation. Planned to happen at least several times a year, a good leader hosts events from simple coffee-break rally to employee family picnic to restaurant dinner with a scripted program.
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