Are You Causing Second Hand Stress Among Your Employees?

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Stress can be contagious it is important that you manage your stress well in front of your employees.

 

Editor's note: this is part one of a two part series.

There are times and circumstances when experiencing stress can be useful.  

Stress can be a motivator to create a change, it can help with mental focus and enhance physical performance. When preparing for a big moment, a performance, speech, test or the like stress has the ability to contribute to improving your performance.

However, stress will become a problem when that stress is repeated or prolonged over time. That includes your own stress or the stress you may be causing to others.

When you are running your own business there can be plenty of reasons to be under stress.

Operating a business, managing employees, negotiating with vendors, staying ahead of competitors, dealing with customers and more are everyday stressors.

If you are not managing your own stress well not only are you putting yourself at risk of negatively impacting your performance, you may be causing second hand stress among your employees which also puts their performance in jeopardy, which increases your stress and the cycle continues.  

Understanding when you are not managing your stress well and that your stress can be causing everyone else stress is an important component of being the boss.

As the boss you have to set the example and also proactively create the circumstances that allow everyone in your business to perform optimally.

If you are not managing your stress well optimal performance is not going to be achieved.  And this can cost you.

We have all heard it said many times that most employees leave their jobs because of the experience of having a poor boss.

Many studies have also demonstrated that the biggest cause of stress among employees trickles down from the boss.

Next- According to Jonathan D. Quick and What does being under stress look like?

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About the author

Tara Orchard

Tara Orchard is a coach, trainer, consultant and writer who applies her insights into people and Masters training in psychology to facilitate performance improvements, relationships and communication for people and businesses. She has worked with organizations to deliver clarity on culture and brand, develop their people and manage relationships with social network communities.  Over the past 18 years she has consulted with 1000's of people who want to make effective transitions in their lives. Tara has a knack for hearing what people are thinking and helping them see what they need to see. She is the founder of her own career and social network coaching business, works with several other organizations as a coach and consultant and is about to complete her first book on the "psychology of effective social networking". Tara invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn .

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