When you run a company, handling stress at work is par for the cause. But how you handle any effects from stress-fallout that your staff may suffer is key to the bottom line.
You have a responsibility when you hire and fire staff, so ensuring you get the right sort of person in the first place is highly important.
But it’s important to recognise that even the best employee is only human. And to put it bluntly (and I know you can take it), stuff-happens (see what I did there), life happens and sometimes people crumble under the pressures from work and home, especially when both are happening simultaneously.
Handling stress at work differently
It’s more than likely, that when you hire staff, you’re looking for suitable, reliable, qualified people who will make a positive contribution at your workplace.
So once all the formalities are complete, along with any off-the-job training, and a bedding-in period, it’s only fair to expect a good return on your investment; the effort, the time and the money you’ve put in.
Then it’s time to sit back and watch the fruits of your decisions unfold, which can be stressful, made even more so and costly in every-which-way when it doesn’t work out.
131-million work days lost due to sickness – UK – 2011
The Office Of National Statistics
Let me ask you:
- Do your staff go sick more than is feasible in your industry?
- Are they having family problems?
- Do they see the included sick leave as additional leave?
- Are they fitting into the team?
- Or despite how good an interview they had, they’re just not up to the job?
There is another way
If you’d prefer your staff to be fully-functioning team members, no matter what’s going on, you can have that by taking a proactive approach and offering staff something before they get carried off on a stretcher, if you’ll pardon the harshness.
And if your staff are taking longer to recover than even their doctor expected, there are additional methods to help them retrieve their energy and get back into the swing of things.
But it’s up to you to have the foresight to see the value that investing in the health and wellbeing of your staff gives. It’s obvious isn’t it?
Being proactive at coping with stress
Recognising when your staff are under stress and not coping that well will make you into an amazing manager/owner, because everyone wants to be noticed, and praised, for what they contribute. And likewise you’ll care more and notice more quickly when they’re under-par and under-performing. Thinking the best of your staff will bring the best out in them.
Caring about your staff helps to avoid having to take a disciplinary route, or filter funds from another budget to start the hiring process from scratch.
It takes 4-positive people to balance out 1-negative person
Yet the effect of negativity-in-the-workplace is probably not surprising to you at all. It’s just common sense isn’t it that how people are in their every day life will be amplified in the workplace. This can affect the bottom line, if not the company’s sustainability in the long term, and who doesn’t want a brighter future?
The bottom line
Ultimately if you look after your staff they will make a positive impact on your business because it starts from the top. And if that feels awkward then these techniques help enormously. The rewards of going-the-extra-mile for your staff … as the man says is … priceless!
The service you’ll find here is all about results. It doesn’t involve dredging over the past, instead it’s about getting you, your staff, your products and services into an organic flow where everyone is pulling together, aiming for the same thing.
We can control our lives by controlling our perceptions
Step up to the plate
If you’re ready to find out more about helping your staff help your business, then my approaches are guaranteed to bring about a noticeable difference. Contact me to arrange a meeting to see if I’m the right person for your organisation.