So you formed your business, onboarded employees, and now are trying to manage all the work and tasks that need to be done? Say no more, we understand how hard it is to be a leader and a manager, especially when you’re new to this game! In this article from Prestige Auditors, we will temporarily forget about entity formation and talk about the stress of being a manager, how to handle it and what to do when you’re stressed.
Covid-19 has also had its impact on the way managers feel. This happens because most of the employees work remotely, and the process of management becomes too complicated. Even though by the end of the day employees show what they have worked on and how they want to process in the future, you still have no idea what they do. Let’s be honest, there is nothing better than face-to-face communications!
Why This Happens
The most common issue that causes the stress of a manager is that managers usually have unrealistic expectations regarding their work and their contribution in general. Most of the time they take responsibility for everything, even when no one asks them for that!
If you google the word manager, you will see that it is defined as “a person responsible for controlling or administering an organization or group of staff.” This means that managers usually have control over the administration and organization processes. As this is a concept that includes almost everything you can think of, managers don’t have a realistic understanding of what they have to do.
Apart from that, being in charge of organizational and administrative processes and not having enough power over the employees also causes stress and anxiety. Employees are often quite demanding: they know what they want and how they want it. Just because managers are the main link to the people in higher positions, frustration and workers’ dissatisfaction is addressed specifically to them! And you still wonder why managers are so stressed?
SPOILER ALERT: if you’re simultaneously performing the functions of the manager and the CEO, then most probably you will be stressed even more!
What Managers Should Understand
If you want to understand how to overcome stress and anxiety in the office, you should first of all understand that nothing is permanent. Relax, take a deep breath and let’s go!
Detect The Triggers
Your stress is caused for a reason and you know that. Do you understand what exactly triggers your stress? Well, let’s figure it out!
What do you think about the communication between you and the workers? Are you friendly enough or is there some kind of pressure? Do workers really trust you, and are they free when they share with you their problems?
Moreover, stress can be caused by restless nights that you spend working. Being worn out and trying to manage a team is not an option! You have to take responsibility and that can’t be done without energy and impetus! So…Make your own conclusions!
Have a Day OFF
If you realize that you just can’t take the stress anymore and that it’s caused by a burnout you have driven yourself into, then it’s the perfect time to have a day off or take a vacation. Your mind works better only when it’s relaxed enough.
Moreover, some companies even organize relaxation days for their employees. For example, yoga in the mornings, meditation during lunch, and so forth. Remember, the atmosphere in the office highly depends on the mental and physical health of your employees!
Pay Attention to Numbers!
Wanna know a secret? The stress of being a manager can be caused by an inadequate number of employees. For example, if there are 50 employees and there’s only one manager that is you, it will be unimaginably hard to take care of the management and organizational processes.
If you realize that you’re the only one who stresses out, then it’s the perfect time to discuss certain things with your superiors. Try to separate your duties with the second manager that they will hire: this way, you won’t feel overwhelmed and stressed!
And finally, remember
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”