Job Stress

October 24th, 2009 by admin

Fortune Magazine has listed ways to help deal with stress at work. When you or your employees are too stressed they do not perform as well. Low performance equals loss of income for the business.

1. Clearly articulate your expectations. “Managers are often unaware of how they are adding stress to people’s workday by being vague about what they want,” says Bright.

An example: A boss will announce, “Let’s have a meeting Friday to talk about cutting costs.” That sets the rumor mill abuzz (are more layoffs coming?) and leaves everyone uncertain about what, if anything, they can bring to the table.

“If you say instead, ‘Let’s have a meeting on Friday, and I’d like each person to bring two suggestions for how we can cut costs,’ that is a whole different message,” says Bright. “Just by being a little more specific, you let people know what’s expected and how they can succeed at it.”

2. At the end of each meeting, ask someone to sum up what’s been said and who is going to do what. “Knowing they may be called on to do the summing-up cuts down on people’s BlackBerry use during meetings,” says Bright. “But beyond that, too many meetings are just general discussions, where everybody rushes off at the end without a clear idea of what comes next.” No one can succeed at something if they don’t know what it is.

3. Put a cap on hours. “If you have someone who puts in 60 hours a week, then make that the limit,” says Bright. What good does that do? “In many offices, nothing is said about constantly increasing hours,” she explains. “So people just keep putting in longer and longer hours, not because they really have to, but because they are afraid not to.”

The result, as you may have noticed, is that staffers get exhausted and irritable, and the quality of their work takes a dive. By contrast, “if you let people know there is a limit, and you set that limit at the number of hours they’re already working, it makes an amazing difference.”

4. Schedule some downtime each week. “One of the things that has everyone so stressed is that they never get a chance to catch up,” says Bright. “If your email inbox is overflowing and your office is a mess because you haven’t had time to get organized, it makes that out-of-control feeling just that much worse.”

So try announcing that, say, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays is “get-it-done” time, during which no meetings will be held. Giving people permission to clear away the background noise of tasks left undone “can be an enormous stress reliever,” says Bright.

5. Help people set realistic priorities. “If you ask people for a list of their priorities, they usually have so many that it is obvious where their frustration is coming from,” Bright observes. “So you can help them set goals they can actually achieve. Again, it’s a way of creating successes and regaining some control.”

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Traits of Being Successful Part 2

June 24th, 2009 by admin

Work to the clock. the best thing in the world is a deadline.

 

Working to task and to the clock, keeps you crisp, focused, and efficient. The structure of deadlines and commitments improves performance in the same way a speed skaters performance improves when her coach is measuring her performance with a stop watch.

 Build championship teams. You can’t become extremely successful at anything alone. You not only need the help of others, but you need the help of the very best people you can find.

This means that you have to have all the team members talking together and you have to sell them on your plan, your vision. I often hear from clients that their staff just doesn’t want to work, doesn’t want to be told what to do, and basically hasn’t bought in to the vision of the practice.

Have high self esteem. Every one of us functions at peak levels when we align our values with our actions. In our consulting group, we insist that every client goes through a values clarification exercise at least quarterly. When your actions contradict your innermost values and beliefs, you experience stress, worry, frustration, and even anger and resentment. It has been said that every human problem can be solved by a return to values. Yet so few organizations approach workplace problems this way.

 

 

Information from Healthleaders Media

 

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