Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the stress at work stresses you out so much that you take the stress home messing up the rest of your evening?
I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who was in and pressured situation at work; it was about managing workplace stress. Especially this time of year when there are deadlines to meet. Your boss is stressed, and that stress is trickling down to your level as a senior manager, your team is beginning to feel the stress, the environment is changing, and morale is going down.
How to do you stop that and turn things around? Here is what I learned and what I have done in such situations:
If no one is going to die, or the building is not going to collapse, don’t sweat it. The best you can do is tell the person that is stressing you out that the work will be done, with the crucial tasks completed within the deadline. Say it with a smile on your face, if they are ranting at you, try to keep as calm as you can and let them say what they have to say.
Don’t try to stop them, wait until they have finished then just say, we will be fine, we will meet the deadline. Whatever you do, don’t try and tell the person to calm down, the stress they are carrying may not have anything to do with the work so don’t get sucked into it. Don’t give them a reason to continue and escalate it. Unless someone is crazy, he or she will eventually realise that there is a better way of dealing with the situation.
If you try and reason with them you have may end up stressing yourself, and then you also take to your team and your family. In the end, productivity gets affected and then it becomes even harder to meet the same deadline.
So, what I am saying is, you can be the voice of calm in the storm and keep a happy environment.
I hope you can teach someone so we can all maintain good Mental Health in the workplace and at home. Remember, Mental Health (not mental health issues) with help keep productivity and profitability high leading to Financial Stability.
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