Speaking of Stress
April is Stress Awareness Month. So how aware are you of the level
of stress for the rest of the members on your team? People often
tend to bottle everything up inside until the cork blows (and
not in a fun, champagne celebration kind of way).Take the time
to sit down with your team and ask a few simple questions:
– What is everyone’s level of stress these days?
– What are people doing to cope with their stress?
– What can the rest of the team do to help?
Do this on a regular basis so that people don’t feel like they’re
alone, and so that the entire team can generate ideas for reducing
or managing stress at work. Just even talking about your stress is
a simple and proven way to lower your stress level, and by sharing
you can not only come up with some great ideas, you can also identify some
stress-busting habits that may inadvertently be causing MORE stress at work!
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Create a superhero nickname for everyone on your team. (I’m sticking
with “The Workplace Energizer”, but you have to picture me in tights,
a red cape, and a big lightning bolt on my chest.) Award a prize to
the person who comes up with the most creative or fitting moniker.
Quote of the Week
“Once we realize that the boundaries between work and play are artificial, we can take
matters in hand and begin the difficult task of making life more livable.” Mihaly
It’s a Wacky World
Here are some rather innovative excuses employees gave for not making
it into work, courtesy of a manger survey at CareerBuilder.com:
– My Mom said I was not allowed to go into work today
– I got sunburned on a nude beach and can’t wear clothes
– I’m just not into it today
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