Stress and the CEO | Here’s how to cope

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Stress in the workplace is an everyday reality for everyone, but the top of the corporate ladder certainly holds more work worries. CEO’s need to deal with stress and challenges that go beyond simply managing the company – they also need to manage critical deadlines, workplace conflict, finding the right people for vacancies, and much more.

Sadly, work stress follows most CEO’s home as well, and they may be losing sleep due to:

  • Conflict in the workplace between co-workers and supervisors
  • Employees performing poorly; not showing enthusiasm or progress
  • Security threats to online data and IT systems
  • Recruiting the right people for company vacancies
  • Unhappy clients who are threatening to take their business elsewhere

Robert Half Financial & Accounting suggest that taking the following 7 actions may help to reduce stress for CEO’s and their employees:

  1. Hire capable people

With the right employees, your stress will automatically be reduced. Therefore, when recruiting new talent, no matter the position, make sure that you find the best fit for the job – someone who is capable, hard-working and will fit in well with your current team.

  1. Keep your team motivated

Rewarding job performance and recognising hard work can go a long way in keeping your employees motivated. Motivated employees will work harder, which can reduce overall stress levels in the workplace.

  1. Conduct efficient team meetings

When a project is completed, try to conduct a team meeting where everyone has a chance to comment on what worked well and what did not – this will give employees an opportunity to vent and release stress, while also providing you with insights on how to best approach future projects.

  1. Address workplace issues

Workplace conflicts rarely sort themselves out. If you feel tension in the workplace, try to address the issue as soon as possible. Inviting employees for coffee or lunch to enquire about their work challenges may be a good way of finding the cause of the stress.

  1. Plan ahead

By planning ahead and mapping out your day-to-day activities for the foreseeable future, both you and your team will have a better chance to anticipate challenges and achieve work goals. Being able to meet deadlines and manage workload effectively will reduce a fair amount of stress felt by your team.

  1. Evaluate your training & technology requirements

Assess your team members’ skills, as well as the software and technology that your business depends on. Find out if there are ways to boost your team’s productivity, such as sending them for training, upgrading your computers at work, etc.

  1. Assess your company culture

One of the most important factors influencing a company’s success is its culture. By cultivating a positive company culture, you can be sure that your employees will be committed to helping the business achieve its goals. Encourage a healthy work-life balance and let your employees feel recognised.

By taking these valuable steps, you can ease workplace stress for yourself and the rest of your team – allowing for improved productivity and more sleep at night!