There are many factors that can lead to stress within a working group or team. At the moment, many individuals are concerned regarding the economy – this worry and fear can become a stress and a common conversation among colleagues. With recession talk prevalent, even if a person is not worried about a recession, they can also feel anxious being surrounded by the worry of others. It is important to address team stress – regardless of the source of stress that team members might be experiencing individually or as a group. Consider reducing tension with these ideas: 1) Maintain a patient and positive tone of voice - a reassuring voice is a simple and effective way to help reduce stress; 2) Encourage optimism - those who are able to maintain an optimistic and hopeful outlook in the midst of adversity tend to be more resilient and they help others be resilient too; 3) Focus on what feels right - during a staff meeting ask people for their suggestions regarding what makes a “great day”, reminding each other what the team needs to be happy at work.
To less stress at work, Lynda
Reducing team stress