How Leaders Can Reduce Stress Levels In 5 Simple Steps

As the new year is already on its way, you and your employees may be feeling the stress of getting into the routine again – hitting deadlines, satisfying customers, setting objectives, handling problems. For many organizations, their leaders and workers, this saying still applies “These are times that try men’s souls.”
As a leader, you are in a unique position to either help minimize or worsen job stress. Here are five ways to assist you in reducing the level of job stress:
1) Minimize surprises. Be aware of how you can give people advance warning about what’s coming that impacts the organization, the department or the job. By giving advance notice, there is time for some mental preparation and readiness. Remember how you felt when someone just sprung hard hitting news on you or made a request you were totally unprepared for. This means you have to be honest about what may happen rather than sugar coat it. Saying “yes, this may impact our department with layoffs, more work without added resources, etc” versus “no, nothing to worry about just now.”

2) Keep a sense of humor.
As the old saying goes “Laughter is the best medicine.” Researchers now say it may be true. Laughter boosts your spirits, stimulates circulation and relaxes tense muscles. The well being effects of laughter can lower blood levels of stress hormone cortisol while elevating levels for “feel good” brain chemicals, endorphins. So find a way to bring laughter to your staff meetings, your conversations with managers and employees; bring fun into the office by allowing for some play before the stress and morale gets desperate. Visit the dollar store for some koosh balls, foam footballs, Gumpy dolls to have around your office or share a cartoon like this
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