Last week we recognised R U OK day. It is pertinent for business owners and managers to ask themselves if their staff are OK regularly. What are you doing to contribute to or to alleviate the stress of your employees? Quite often you are so busy “getting work done” that you forget to take the temperature of your people. If this is the case, make sure that you have someone else on staff who is doing this for you and can alert you to potential issues.
I would challenge anyone who manages staff to consider the following:
Does the work I’m asking an employee to do match their skill set?
If not, what are you doing to make sure your employee is up-skilled or has the correct resourced on hand?
Is the time frame I’m setting for tasks realistic?
What is driving the time frame and can some work be reprioritised?
What can I do to help my team prioritised their work? Remember that not everybody is skilled in prioritising work.
Have you been clear on what the outcome is that is required or do you keep changing your mind?
Is the work meaningful and engaging?
When last did I praise and thank my staff for their efforts?
These are five simple things you can do to alleviate the stress of your employees. Your employees may have their own personal stress (kids, partners, break-ups, death in the family or of a pet etc) to deal with. When work stress is added to personal stress it can push people to a point where they may feel they don’t matter. Even though you can’t remove someone’s personal stress, by making them feel valued, important and have their contributions showcased and acknowledged you are doing your part in improving their mental health and productivity.
Lastly, don’t forget to take time out to have some fun. A group coffee break or team lunch is a great way to get to know each other better and to identify if someone is in trouble and needs some support.
If you need help to improve your culture, set strategy or provide clarity and priority to tasks, please contact us at Clear Idea.
If you or someone else needs immediate mental health support please
Link Lifeline – Phone 13 11 14, If life is in danger call 000
Link the alliance for suicide prevention sunshine coast