Are you stressed? Micromanaging makes it worse!

Have you ever found yourself continuously anxious at work – feeling like you constantly ask your team members for progress updates, have the need to be a part of every meeting and every email, or feel you need to do everything yourself for fear it won’t be done correctly? You probably think it is because you are a control freak or an extremely hands-on leader. However, in reality, you could be experiencing work-related stress resulting in micromanaging your employees. While you are responsible for your staff, you have a well-chosen group of employees for good reason – to help you and to assist in making sure your organization runs smoothly. While it may be hard to admit, over-controlling the process is most likely limiting the growth of your team and yourself. What can you do to limit stress and step back from micromanaging?

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Feeling Isolated at Work?

The modern day workplace has introduced a plethora of social platforms changing the way employees and managers interact and communicate with each other. It would come as no surprise that employees, or even yourself, can go an entire day without engaging with a colleague in person. Even in a bustling open office environment, overwhelmed employees can inadvertently shut down and withdraw from genuine connection. This can have a negative impact on company culture, causing employees to feel isolated and lonely. According to a University of Pennsylvania study, “employee loneliness led to poorer task, team role, and relational performance.” This loneliness can trigger an employee to be emotionally withdrawn and detached from their work and their peers. With a surplus of personalities in the office, it may be challenging to create an environment where each employee feels welcomed, appreciated, and a part of the team. How can you create a more cohesive work environment and disrupt potential isolation?

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Addressing Employee Gossip without Getting Sucked-In!

Allowing gossip to enter the workplace can negatively impact company culture by bringing down employee engagement and productivity. Office gossip can take many forms: company changes, employee salaries and promotions, personal affairs, and managerial problems. According to a study by Equisys, a business communications company, the average employees spends 65 hours a year gossiping at the office. When employees, especially managers get caught up in gossip, problems are less likely to be addressed, diminishing relationships and trust amongst co-workers. As managers it is our job to coach our teams and provide the best possible working environment we can. How can you avoid alienation and negativity among team members?

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Are You Guilty of Poor Communication?

Communicating with your staff members is pivotal to achieve company goals, deliver direction, and boost company culture and team morale. It is the job of management to be able to create an environment where employees feel comfortable, inspired, and ready to hit the ground running. However, more often than not, managers need their own coaching in their roles as mentors. Without it, employees are potentially left feeling neglected, lost, or unappreciated. This can lead to high turnover rates and unmotivated staff members. Cultivating a workplace where employees feel appreciated and motivated can stem from the verbal communication that happens within the office.

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