Stress and unhappiness in the office can overwhelmingly affect your business.
It’s only natural that we tend to have high business standards for our companies, but we may not notice that we tend to combine too many different demands on our staff, especially during periods of elevated growth.
Sometimes pressure can be a good thing, it can really motivate you, however if your employees are stressed, they will not be doing their best work and your company will certainly suffer.
When you have staff trying to accomplish too much and trying to meet so many goals, it can place heavy demands on them and this can lead to burnout.
Some stressed employees might come to you to talk about it but most will not. The majority of your workforce will put on a happy face, continue with their day and just try to push through it.
So you need to know the warning signs…
- Email overkill: If you employees are receiving over 100 emails a day or if they feel they have to respond to an email at all hours of the day and night, your company just might be contributing to your employees’ stress.
- Too many sick days: Stress can take a huge toll on our bodies, mentally and physically. Stress can be a factor to increased headaches, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, depression and even skin issues. Keep your eyes open to an increase in sick days or abnormal time off.
- Added moodiness and disagreements: When many people in the same company or department are all under stress, it can send a ripple effect of irritability, lack of patience and short fuses, which can all lead to conflicts. If you are handing out short deadlines or the staff knows cuts are being made, this will cause everyone to second guess themselves and your team will not be productive.
- It’s too quiet: When you aren’t hearing any complaints, it might be time to start taking notice. Believe it or not, complaints help you gauge stress levels and give you an idea of what needs fixing. When the complaints stop, your staff just might feel like their opinion isn’t being heard or respected.
- Decreased customer satisfaction: Your employees aren’t serving your customers well if they are being stretched beyond their limits. You must set expectations with customers as well. Over-promising can add to employee stress.
As a leader, it’s your job to be attentive to your employees, communicate with them, and learn to recognize the indicative signs that they’re drained, overworked, or overwhelmed. And more importantly, step in and ensure they get back on track.
When you do, you’ll notice an enormous difference in your workers. They’ll be happier, more productive, and committed to their work all over again.
How do you handle stressed out employees?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy