By Alex Hattingh, Chief People Officer at Employment Hero
Occupational stress refers to the ongoing and progressing stress that can be experienced due to the responsibilities, conditions, environment or other pressures of the workplace. Occupational wellness or ‘occupational health’, on the other hand, is the sense of fulfilment and happiness that those at the C-Suite level can find in their professional life.
Loving your job and having a poor sense of occupational wellness aren’t mutually exclusive, and leading your team can sometimes be a challenge when finding the motivation to roll out of bed and motivate others. That being said, there are ways that senior and leading executives can stay motivated when managing a team or workforce:
Set yourself KPIs
By setting Key Performance Indicators, you’re able to align your team with multiple ambitious goals that are designed to enhance motivation. The beauty is they allow you to not only set broad objectives but also to think of each key step needed to accomplish a certain goal. By having something to work towards, you are more likely to stay on track and be more motivated to hit the ground running. Set objectives that are challenging and inspiring for you and your team.
Be sure to reward yourself
It’s important to give yourself a pat on the back when you’ve been successful in your role. It can be easy as a leader to focus all your energy on celebrating your team’s achievements while allowing your own to fall by the wayside.
Maintain a work/life balance
Having a healthy balance between your working and personal life is essential in preventing yourself from becoming demotivated and burnt out. This most certainly applies to leaders. When you’re running around catering to everyone else’s needs, it’s easy to forget your own. If you neglect to find a healthy balance between the two, you’ll soon find yourself running out of puff.
Recognise when to delegate tasks
Whether it is five or fifty people working within your team, leading a team will always involve carrying additional pressures and responsibilities on your shoulders. If you find yourself lacking the motivation to complete a task that your team members are capable of handling themselves, don’t be afraid to delegate.
Just because you’re leading a team does not mean you’re a superhuman capable of finishing everyone’s work. Try not to be so hard on yourself. Too many responsibilities can suffocate creativity and force you into a downward spiral of demotivation.In these instances, brainstorming and problem-solving techniques are at an all-time low, and your teams will be left wandering aimlessly.
Become a Mentor
It’s no secret that over time our work can become a little stagnant and repetitive. Finding that passion you had on the first day of the job can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. That’s why we recommend spending time with someone who is just getting started. Guiding, mentoring and passing on your experience to someone new can help clear out any cobwebs and provide a sense of motivation for the kind of work you do. Watching someone learn and grow within your team is an inspiring feeling in itself.
As a leader, it’s essential to keep employees feeling pumped up and ready to work. However, without your own motivation, your team’s overall performance will start to decrease. No matter who they are or what they do, every person is capable of an off day. There’s nothing wrong with losing heart, feeling tired or drifting away from your work for a period of time, so long as you know how to motivate yourself to get back on track.