No one has ever said that achieving goals in the workplace is an easy feat. Hard work and dedication come hand-in-hand with pressure and often anxiety. While some thrive under the influence of deadlines and high expectations, even the hardiest of personalities can crash and burn without a proper support structure.
As a boss or manager, it is up to you to ensure that your employees perform well under pressure whilst helping them to avoid stress, anxiety, and depression. This means that you need to create an environment where workers are can live up to the demands of a prosperous organisation but at the same time, they can feel secure in their setting.
1. Start by Setting Clear Goals
When setting goals, it’s important that you remain transparent and make your expectations clear. Each individual should know what their role is in attaining a goal. This will help to eradicate areas of uncertainty that often lead to employees running around frantically like headless chickens.
There is also no better way to make a goal clear than to let employees in on the decision-making process. Allow your team members to set the objectives and they will feel like they have matters under control. Remember to make these goals attainable, so that everyone can see and feel that progress is being made along the way.
2. Build A Supportive Atmosphere
A good HR system can set a solid foundation within a company and if properly managed, it has the means to build an atmosphere that oozes support and encouragement. From in-house counsellors to rewarding systems and setting the vibe for team effort, a good support structure will give tired and stressed employees the means to offload, breathe, and draw inspiration once again.
3. Leave Room for Flexibility
You can still maintain balance within the workplace by being flexible. Some employees work best during the first few hours of the morning whilst others prefer to work in the evenings when the day has calmed down a little. With technology at our beck and call, we no longer have to stick to the hours from 9-5, we can make room for our employees to work at times where drive and innovation are at their peak. This type of flexibility gives one the room they need to breathe when they need it most.
4. Encourage Communication
Yes, your door should always be open but you should also have a plethora of other communication channels open to your employees so that they can liaise with you using the means that they feel more comfortable with. Use social media, using HR software, and one-on-one meetings to encourage workers to share their thoughts and opinions…or to simply ask for help.
5. Take Care of Yourself
Last, but certainly not least, make sure you are not flailing under pressure yourself. Employees draw security from the stance of their leaders and if your knees are buckling, your employees might follow in your footsteps. Find the support you need so that your own mental health stays intact and draw from your experiences to nourish and protect your workforce.