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Are you a people manager? In a previous post, we talked about the impact overwhelm has on your cognitive function. In today's post, we'll talk about the effect your overwhelm has on your team.
At a time when more than half of employees surveyed in North America plan to look for a new job this year, it's a critical and timely topic.
Without sugar-coating it, you, as a stressed boss, create a stressed team. You don't mean to, but you can inhibit your team's productivity.
If you can't effectively manage people, tasks, and projects, it creates "emergencies" that roll downhill to your team. It prevents them from effectively utilizing their time and can cause burnout and frustration.
As an overwhelmed manager, you're often desperate for assistance, and you reach out to anyone who might have a spare minute to help you with a task. In the future, when you need help and can't remember who assisted in the past, other team members will waste valuable time recreating what was previously done by someone else.
While this may not appear significant, please allow me to illustrate with an example.
In the grand scheme of what you ask of your team, this is one example of one task. Extrapolate this to multiple projects and multiple team members. The wasted effort compounds dramatically.
So what can you do?
The reality is this - when you feel out of control, you're just surviving, and the chaos rolls downhill to your team. You (and your team) deserve a calm, collaborative, and productive environment.
The time you spend to improve your circumstances will provide an exponential return on investment for everyone.
If you feel overwhelmed and are looking for help, visit newpathpro.com/scorecard to learn your Productive Environment Score.