“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality,” said Warren Bennis, author of Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. Warren Gamaliel Bennis was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies.
Well, being a leader is never an easy job. You have to deal with your employees, your work, and also your organization, and doing this can definitely cause a stressful life. But a successful leader knows how to handle stress. Thomas Kane a Chicago-based financial executive, currently working as Managing director at Merrill Private Wealth Management strives to mitigate his stress levels as best as possible in order to be the most effective leader. Other than work Thomas Kane Merrill Lynch donates most of his time in supporting various charitable organizations and also volunteers in different charity events to help people in need.
Here are Five Effective Ways Leaders Handle Stress in the Workplace:
Encourage workplace wellness:
Well, there are two main weapons to work against workplace stress that is regular exercise and healthy living.
If you do exercise then it will shift your stressed mind and will let you focus on the task at hand. Also, it helps to increase the production of endorphins that helps to improve your mood. This will help them to provide effective work at the workplace.
Revamp the habitat:
Research says that most of the stress comes from a hectic work environment. As a leader try to think about every aspect of your office space for the wellness of your team. Try to make everything place according to their use in the office. This will make both the leader and the employees easily understand the office place.
Change your office color; add some plants. If you still have a place remaining then add a ping pong or foosball table so that you can have a bit of fun when you are under stress.
Allow flexible work hours:
When you have a lot of work to do but you do not have flexible work time then it can be very stressful work for you. Even when you hire your employees it is because you have good confidence in the work quality and ability, try to give them flexible working hours so that they can provide much effective work at the workplace. Try to make your employees understand that their work is defined by their quality and timeliness, and not just when they punch the clock.
Encourage social activity:
As a good leader, this is your job to encourage your employees to spend quality time together so that they become more comfortable in working together. When the employees are happy working together then it will reduce the work stress in the office. As a leader, try to get to know your employees and try to maintain healthy communication with them so that they will feel valued.
Create quite time:
You cannot avoid the stress completely but you can alleviate stress whenever it arrives. Add a quiet room at the workplace so that anybody who feels stressed can go there and take some moments of quiet contemplation. Research says that 80% of employees find stress-relief breaks such as a massage, nap, or required breaks to be essential.