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A practical guide on fighting workplace stress

Nov 15, 2019 5:36:23 AM / by Anna

15 easy tips that managers can implement to improve the wellbeing of their teams 

Burnout rarely has one cause, it usually results from a combination of issues. As a manager, you’ll need to get to the core of the issue and understand the reasons behind the stress. Remember, many stressors are within your power to correct or improve and they typically fall in broader categories such as unclear tasks and expectations, micromanagement or heavy workload.  

If you notice negative changes in behaviour of your report, for example, a usually agreeable, friendly person becomes irritable and ill-tempered, or a superstar’s performance has plummeted while absenteeism has increased, don’t ignore these signs of burnout. The first step is to talk to your team to discover the source of stress, listen and keep an open mind. Ask your team to be open about the workload and how do they feel about deadlines – beware that overloading the most capable employees as well as putting unrealistic deadlines are the typical trap many managers falls into.

Another useful tip is related to the feeling of underappreciation many employees mention as a stressor – provide consistent feedback. If you don’t have time or don’t want to talk face-to-face, research some software that can streamline giving and getting feedback for you. Finally, encourage your employees to unplug and stay away from work email in the evenings and on weekends. The full list of tips you can find in the original article. 

 

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Tags: Addressing burnout, Team management

Written by Anna