Stress is generally thought to diminish productivity. It can cause concentration difficulties and affect your health. Extreme stress can even cause you to contemplate a new career altogether.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Stress isn't always bad. As unpleasant as it may seem at the time, it's possible to channel that anxiety into productivity. You can refocus what seems like a negative feeling into fuel for career advancement.
Here are a few steps you can take to turn stress into increased productivity.
There are numerous positive reasons to grant your employees autonomy. To be clear, this doesn't mean providing free rein. Instead, it means allowing your employees to make their own decisions within a narrow, well-defined area of responsibility.
By doing so, you help your employees become more productive and effective at their jobs. Added autonomy increases ingenuity, sparks higher job satisfaction, improves accountability and allows for higher-level thinking.
Your daily habits set you up to reach your long-term goals. Here are some tips to help make you more successful:
Get Plenty of Sleep
Every good morning starts the night before. To start your day with energy and enthusiasm, you must get ample sleep at night. This means putting away your laptop and saving those last few emails for the morning (or skipping the last couple episodes of your Netflix binge).
Communicating progress is key to achieving long-term goals, and it is imperative to check in frequently to review progress. Here are five steps you can take to more effectively tackle the critical task of communicating progress with your staff:
Every career has its setbacks. However, don't get caught up in keeping score. It's not about those raw numbers; it’s about turning those failures into opportunities.
Maybe someone else got that big promotion you were vying for. Perhaps you were left off a project that included a conference in Hawaii. Or, maybe you had to move your office to a windowless cubicle and can’t remember the last time you saw the sun. In short, things aren't going your way.
Here are four ways to turn your work setback into a long-term opportunity:
Let's be honest: hiring is a drag. And not just in the colloquial sense. It can cause a literal drag on time, profits, and growth. While bringing in top-notch talent is pivotal for success, the process of finding that talent creates near-term costs and distractions.
If only it were possible to maximize the long-term benefit of bringing in top team members while minimizing the near-term disruption that comes with the hiring process. Good news: it is possible.
Picture this: you publish a job posting, full of anticipation and excitement. But quickly, as resume after resume starts pouring into your inbox, your mood begins to change. Excitement at the prospect of finding a brilliant new team member transitions to dread, as you suddenly face the question: "How am I going to screen and vet all these potential hires?"
Background checks bring up sensitive concerns. After all, every candidate has a past. You aren't in the business of punishing applicants for previous mistakes. You simply want to find the best people for your available positions.
If you're not careful, work can become all-consuming. Before you know it, seemingly never-ending work duties and challenges take up excessive amounts of your time.
But it's important to remember that work isn't everything. Even if your overall goal centers on long-term career advancement, having outside interests and nurturing a healthy support system will only help you. Your off-the-clock activities will actually keep you from burning out and will provide lessons that will ultimately help you at work.