12 Ways Of Helping To Reduce Anxiety In Your Staff As A Leader
Staff or employees feeling anxious? Here some tips that can help
- Listen, listen, and then listen. Listen to feelings, thoughts desires, hopes, dreams, vision and expectations. A staff member that feels heard is a staff member that feels validated. And validation tends to reduce anxiety.
- Make sure your expectations are reasonable and clear as well as appropriate for the developmental level of your staff member
- Be careful of judging a staff member or their motives or attitudes. Evaluating them is fine and important but really understanding them is a part of that.
- Share some of your organizations financial picture. Studies have shown that staff that understand the financial picture are more motivated to work.
- Help create belonging and comradery so that staff feel like their part of something bigger than themselves.
- Practice walking in grace and truth with your staff members. This way they have grace around mistakes and the truth of expectations and responsibility combined.
- Create opportunities for influence and input by all staff. This gives them a sense of ownership around the workplace and empowers them to contribute in important ways.
- Make sure you celebrate and have fun. This was one the most important findings from research I did on leadership in my doctorate program.
- Develop them and develop yourself. Training and coaching can go far to help staff feel better about the job, increase performance and reduce their anxiety.
- Catch them doing something right. Before you give a critique make sure you also have a compliment to give.
- Remember the difference between latent and manifest learning. Some staff, when learning a new task, may not perform at your level of expectation at first even though their learning but not manifesting the new behavior.
- Work to resolve communication problems and conflict as soon as you can. Conflict left unresolved can really create a lot of anxiety in the workplace.