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How To Keep Calm When An Employee Messes Up

Business woman keeping calm at deskAs a manager, your employees’ wins are your wins, but also, their fails are also your fails.

It can be extremely frustrating when your employee makes a mistake, especially if you feel that they should have known better.

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How To Keep Calm In Stressful Situations

Business woman looking stressed and tiredDid you just accidentally delete an important file, causing you to lose 5 days of work?

Did an employee just make a mistake that will cost the company thousands of pounds to fix?

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2 Ways Managers Can Deal With The Stresses Of The Job

Busy stressful woman secretaryBritish managers are working long days on the job, leaving little time to rest and unwind.

The requirement to stay in line with company goals, meet milestones and lead their teams is a lot of responsibility that leads to stress.

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3 Quick Tips On How To Stress & Infuriate Your Team

Businessman looking stressed with paperworkThere a multitude of articles online detailing how managers can help their staff manage their stress levels.

Certainly, tight schedules, big workloads and an off balance in work-life ratio can be to blame; however, oftentimes, leaders are the very ones responsible for causing their subordinates to worry. Learn More

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How To Improve Organisational Skills To Reduce Stress

Organiser with a pen and phoneOrganising your working and personal life is not just important these days…it’s vital.

You simply cannot manage everything you have to without specific skills, and the most pertinent is how you organise your working day.

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5 Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life

As a manager you’re going to find that there are times when you feel a lot more stressed than you do at other times. You might even stop and wonder why you feel more stressed than those around you. The truth is that, as managers, we tend to believe we need to be perfect at everything we do. We need to be in control. We want to be right. We want our jobs done perfectly. In short, we put too much pressure on ourselves.

As you approach the New Year, take the following 5 points into consideration and see if you can begin to make tiny changes, one at a time. Eliminating some of the stress you’re putting on yourself might make your job just a bit easier to accomplish! Learn More

How to Prevent Employee Burnout

Alright – I have one more thing to say about employee burnout and then we’ll put the subject away for a little while. You know the signs of burnout, what causes burnout, and how to remedy the situation.

That’s all well and good but the real question is whether or not you are capable of preventing employee burnout.

One of the best ways to prevent employee burnout is to recognize the signs and stop the employee from heading down that path before he actually reaches the state of burnout. But what does this really entail?

For starters, make sure you have clarified your employee’s job description. In some cases an employee may actually be doing too much because he feels he or she is supposed to be doing tasks that could easily be passed on to someone else. In other cases the job description that has been set forth may have been too lofty and you may need to make some changes internally in order to redistribute the workload.

In some cases burnout is caused by boredom and a lack of work. If this is the case, add additional duties to your employee’s job description. Make sure they’re challenging while remaining within that employee’s skillset. You may just be surprised to find you’ve been underutilizing someone with a special skillset you had yet to discover.

While most managers don’t want to give up good employees, it’s important to take a step back and consider whether or not it may be more beneficial to the employee in question to accept a job transfer. Perhaps a different team, department, or job function would allow him to continue working while giving him the change he needs to stop feeling burnt out. Don’t be offended if an employee does NOT want to transfer, though. This simply means he likes his job (and you) enough to find another alternative.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” You may have to offer up several solutions before finding one that helps prevent the employee in question from burning out. In some cases you may end up asking your employee to take some time off so that he can relax and regroup. It’s better to have this happen before he’s completely burnt out than to wait until he’s no longer functional or has made himself ill.

Don’t forget that the stress associated with burnout can be very serious. If none of these options work, or if you suspect there is another underlying cause, it may be best for you or your employees to seek the advice of a health care provider. Proper stress management is the key to avoiding burnout altogether.

Thanks again,

Sean

Sean McPheat

Managing Director

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Stress Management at Work: Task Management

To wrap up this recent series on stress management we’ll pick up where we left off and take a look at how task management impacts the amount of stress you feel at work. We’ve already covered time management and some of the ways you can use it to feel better, so how can you shuffle your actual workload?

Task management means being able to complete projects effectively and efficiently. Someone feeling completely stressed out and overworked may not feel as though those things are possible, but they are. Learn More

Stress Management at Work: Time Management

So now that you’re able to recognize some of the signs of stress at work it’s time to figure out how you’re going to reduce that stress. Over the next couple of days we’re going to take a look at two areas of your job you need to consider: time management and task management. Learn More

Eustress and Distress

Stress is a normal part of everyday life. We all feel stress at some level, whether we’ve simply gotten out of bed a little bit later than we should have or have a pressing deadline in the office. It helps to understand that there are two very different types of stress: eustress and distress. Learn More