Invite your manager to reduce stress. It’s in a manager’s best interest to reduce stress for everyone in the workplace. Respectfully encourage your manager to communicate honestly and transparently about company challenges, to define roles and responsibilities clearly and allow you to have a voice in decisions on scheduling, workloads and deadlines, as well as to provide opportunities for career development and act on organizational values.
For further information, you can read "Bring Your Life Into Balance" by Jeanne Segal, Melinda Smith and Lawrence Robinson, free at helpguide.org. This toolkit teaches skills for managing overwhelming stress and emotions.
Do you have other solutions for those who suffer from stress and its negative effects? I’d like to hear your ideas at AlanEHall.com or on Twitter via @AskAlanEHall.
Alan E. Hall is a co-founding managing director of Mercato Partners, a regionally focused growth capital investment firm. He founded Grow Utah Ventures, is the founder of MarketStar Corp. and is chairman of the Utah Technology Council.
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