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How to Help Your Team through a Stressful Period at Work

How to Help Your Team through a Stressful Period at Work

Part of your role as a manager is to support the health and wellbeing of your team.  However, you first need to make sure you look after your own health and wellbeing.  It’s much harder to lead effectively if you are stressed, tired or anxious.  Make sure you eat nutritious food, exercise and get plenty of sleep.

How to Help Your Team through a Stressful Period at Work

A substantial amount of research has found that sleep is critical to overall performance and well-being. A lack of sleep will have a negative impact on your emotions, temperament, and self-control.  It can also be helpful to have a trusted colleague or friend you can confide in or vent to when you need it!

But what about supporting your team?  When leading your team through a stressful time make sure you are a source of optimism and that your team understand that you are all in this together. Talk about how you cope with stress personally and set a good example.  Encourage your people to take breaks, improve their work-life balance, and maintain a healthy attitude toward daily work and deadlines. It can also be useful to remind people why their work is important to the organisation and its customers.  Renewing a sense of purpose is a good way to counter the effects of stress.

Part of your role as a manager is to support the health and wellbeing of your team.  Encouraging healthy habits amongst your team members will help to combat the drain of stress.

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