What tactics help employees overcome fear and stress?
Handling stress and fear in a healthy way is no easy task. Let alone helping others around you. Fortunately, if you can first recognize it in your people, you’ll be able to help to reduce it before it impacts your entire team.
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Here are four ways you can help employees engage and overcome stress and fear:
1. Demonstrate emotional intelligence and empathy
Let your employees know you understand how they feel. Remind them that you’re there for them and work to motivate them.
The mind is a powerful thing, if they work to eliminate negative self-talk it can decrease their stress. It’s easy to see the glass is half empty rather than half full. Encourage them to think positive.
2. Be honest and vulnerable
Let them know how you feel, too. Be transparent. Tell them if you’re also scared or worried. Share some of your own stressors. This builds trust with employees faster than anything.
3. Know when to pivot
It’s never too late to adjust your leadership style to better support your employees. Try new things with your team and see what works.
For example, consider if meetings are more effective in the early morning or late in the afternoon. Ask employees how they feel and adjust according to their needs and wants.
4. Communicate and offer support
As a leader, it’s important to be the support system your people need. Communicate with them often. Hear them out. Share your own tips for reducing stress and fear.
Here are some ideas to suggest:
- Encourage more breaks – Don’t work non-stop for 8 hours
- Establish a “groove” – Learn what hours you work best, so you can be more effective and more productive
- Don’t play the “what if” game – Don’t worry about things that haven’t happened or things you have no control over
- Count to 10 first – This allows your brain time to fully process the situation
- Be aware of your hot buttons – Know your triggers, so you can control your responses
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