This is how you can prevent stress in your team
Are you managing a team? Great! There probably is a lot on your plate and this is why we want to help you manage one of the biggest tasks you may be facing: ensuring a sustainable workload for your team.
We created an entire guide on stress with expert Björn Hedensjö to help you navigate stress prevention and management. Here are some of our favourite tips from this guide.
Understanding the many faces of stress
In order to spot signs of stress, you need to know what it looks like and how it works. Stress, in fact, is a vital human function, designed to help us respond to threats.
Stress helps your body and mind use your resources in the best possible way for the specific situation you're in. If you're hiking and suddenly meet a big bear, it's stress that enables you to run faster and further.
If we would never be stressed, we'd likely never amount to anything. Stress is a powerful driver.
As long as it's not too much...
Negative stress and its consequences
Negative stress happens when we never relax or recover from our stress peaks. It's when stress becomes a constant. Long-term negative stress is very harmful and can affect all our functions - from our memory to our physical health. It impacts sleep and can create severe mental health issues.
What can you as a manager do to prevent negative stress in your team?
As a manager you're extremely busy. It's easy to overlook the symptoms of stress or to underestimate your employees' workload. It's important you are available to discuss priorities and adjust resources when employees have a lot of work.
Encourage physical activity
Physical activity - no matter if it's a firm walk or a high intensity workout - is proven to prevent stress and decrease its effects. Encouraging your team to move is a great investment. Why don't you make lunch walks a habit or take some meetings on the go?
Take a break!
Short breaks during the workday are vital to reduce stress and help employees relax. Ensure that your team members feel like they can take breaks, especially if they are very busy.
Take stress seriously
Last but not least, you should always take signs of stress seriously. Yes, nowadays many people complain about a high workload but that doesn't mean you shouldn't act. Feeling stressed and being stressed at worked are very closely related and should never be ignored by a manager.
As a manager you need to show that you take action when stress increases in your team.
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