Here are ten suggestions to assist you and your coworkers cope with stress. While we all want to be successful, it’s critical that we control our stress levels so that we can give it our all.
1. Set An Example By Being Relatable and Vulnerable
The experience has been challenging, and indeed, traumatic for almost everyone. To help manage the stress, leaders should set an example by first being relatable. This means first revealing vulnerability in terms of your own struggles. Then, it’s equally important to model healthy behaviors to deal with the stress, including your own health tips and how to maintain an optimistic outlook. — Dean Fealk, DLA PIper
2. Humanize The Workplace With Empathy
Managers can help just by being human. Quite simply, managers should aim at humanizing the workplace by infusing empathy and compassion, and prioritizing mental health. — Abimbola Olayinka, GALPARENTING PLACE
3. Talk About The Stressor And Its Effects Openly
People are creative and resilient, and even more so when they have the facts and are part of the solution. Open the company’s books, look the facts and talk about the pandemic and its effects openly and at all levels. Then, ask the team to create solutions that work for them to protect themselves and their families — and to protect their work team and the company. — Robert Isherwood, AMBAC International
4. Provide Tools And Platforms To Alleviate Tasks
Unfortunately, managers can’t always help their employees mitigate stressors outside of work, and this pandemic is no exception. Instead, focus on managing work-related stress. Provide tools, platforms and software that alleviate simple, mundane tasks. Then, use the time saved to encourage employees to take stress-free PTO or even invest in their upward growth. It will pay back in dividends. — Chaz Perera, Roots Automation
5. Identify Signs Of High Stress Levels
In the field of management, the importance of an empathic manager is often overlooked. Leaders should be aware of the signs that show greater levels of stress and take active measures to identify them. A manager will become aware of whether a one-on-one activity is needed to deal with stress. Empathy is the first step toward creating an environment that allows for stress levels to be spoken about. — Kamala Maddali, Deep Lens Inc
6. Provide Mental Wellness Programs
Interpersonal communications with a lot of empathy coupled with some mental wellness programs like meditation sessions are the right way to go! It is most important for managers to spend time across casual chats with employees and bond at deeper levels to make them feel cared for. — Saurabh Goenka, MindMap Digital
7. Open Meetings By Sharing Good News
Even in stressful times, good news is everywhere! We open the first meeting of the week sharing our good news with each other. It may seem small, but it is significant. We begin the week by sharing our feelings of gratitude, and this act neutralizes feelings of stress. — Eric Harris, MindHandle
8. Encourage Activities Outside Of Work
Encourage extracurriculars outside of work, allowing people to experience life away from a desk. We work to live, we don’t live to work, but unfortunately, we can lose sight of that easily. — Nate Nead, DEV.co
9. Encourage Colleagues To Take Regular PTO
During the pandemic with everyone working from home, the boundary between office hours and personal time was blurred. This lack of boundaries adds to the already existing stress of just living through a pandemic. Leaders must encourage colleagues to take their regular PTO and, more importantly, respect their time off. — Carl Hung, Season Group
10. Educate Employees On Types Of Stress
Managers can educate employees on the two types of stress: bad stress (lack of energy, focus and irritability) and good stress (feeling excited and alive). We all have the capacity to shift bad stress into good stress by seeing the potential benefits of a situation, leveraging our strengths to deal with the challenge, having a positive mindset and feeling grateful for everything we have. — Andreea Vanacker, SPARKX5
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Originally published at https://bit.ly/3npjT5S on September 1, 2021.