Enabling you to succeed
We've gathered together a few ways in which both staff and management can reduce stress in the office. Try them out.
Choose a central location in the office and post a blank sheet of paper with the words "Favorite Movie" across the top.
Encourage employees to list their name with their favorite movie. People are entertained by reading their colleagues' choices.
Each day start a new list. Suggestions from managers who have used this technique include: favorite food, book, restaurant, sport, vacation spot and dream car.
This activity builds a sense of community as co-workers share their interests. People will begin to know each other better and even discover similarities.
Relieve the pressure of overtime and extra work by randomly surprising your employees with special favors.
A welcomed surprise might be letting someone go home an hour early or take an extra hour at lunch. Offer to cover for them and let them enjoy the surprise.
Use the 'Favorites List' to find out what they like and surprise them with flowers, movie tickets or a favorite candy bar.
This technique is effective only when it's not part of the usual work day and the employee is not expecting it. Remember, it's a gift. And don't leave anyone out!
—Top two tips are from: Cecilia Macdonald, speaker, trainer and presentation coach.
Set realistic deadlines
Avoid creating artificial pressure. If something is really not urgent, tell an employee, 'I need this only at the end of the month.'
Although some employees might be inclined to work only on deadline, many will pace themselves well. Get to know your workers so that you do not set unrealistic deadlines on those who will only stress because of them. The results might suffer as a result.
If you find that you are swamped with work, accept that you can only do so much. By doing too much work you run the risk of doing it badly.
In saying 'no,' use body language. When you are asked to undertake an additional task, for example, first shake your head so you get your point across.
Be honest, offer an explanation, and don't be defensive.
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