Helping managers de-stress

If you are in a management role you will be all too familiar with the stresses associated with senior positions.

Some of the factors that can cause stress in managers include, poor work-life balance, time pressures, heavy workloads, and employee relationships.

In fact, studies reveal that poor employee relationships is the number one cause of stress in managers. This is according to a study conducted by the BI Norwegian Business School in which 3000 managers were researched.

"The best thing a manager can do to prevent work stress is to develop good relationships with the employees at work," says lead researcher Astrid M. Richardsen

Likewise employees are more likely to respect and trust manager decisions if a good relationship exists.

Not only do positive relationships at work reduce stress, they also improve productivity.

When there is mutual trust managers are prone to delegate more tasks and employees are more likely to perform these tasks well. This reduces the managers' workload and the stress that often accompanies it. A happy, functional work environment is created which leads to greater productivity for both management and staff.

The findings also reveal, “managers who feel they have control of their work situation and great freedom to make decisions experience less work pressure and emotional strain.” - Huffington post.

In contrast stressed out managers may develop feelings of frustration, irritation, anger, and eventually depression.

These feelings in turn lead to lower concentration, reduced motivation and decreased productivity. Left untreated this cycle of negative feelings and behaviour will create a stifling atmosphere at work, which is ultimately bad for business.

According to Business Review, a news site for the BI Norwegian Business School, there are several things managers can do to de-stress.

  • Identify the source of stress
  • Practice resting and relaxation techniques
  • Live a healthy lifestyle
  • Up-skill employees

If all else fails managers are encouraged to seek professional help, as living with stress can be harmful to both the manager and their subordinates.

Source: Huffington Post

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