Have you ever walked into a company and everyone is sick? Not just sniffling, but full fledged colds, flus, pneumonia, etc. And they come to work, no matter how sick, because things need to get done. And the pile of things never ends. So, people are stressed and give priority to showing up rather than being effective and focused on the right things that lead to desired results.
When people get into a heightened state of stress, little problems seem big, reactions become more extreme, the ability to prioritize becomes diminished, the lens in which they see the world tends toward negative, and illness creeps in. When people are in a healthy, balanced state and have time to think, they become more creative, more focused, enjoy their work more and are more engaged. Studies show that companies with engaged people outperform their peers.
Here are three ways to keep your people and your company healthy and focused:
- Provide clear priorities – There should be no more than 3-5 priorities at any given time. More than that becomes difficult to address. These priorities should be reviewed every week to ensure progress is being made and people remain focused on these items. Don’t get sucked into the never ending stream of little stuff that doesn’t really need attention, but can suck lots of time.
- Ensure an appropriate balance of skills and capabilities – A company can only be successful if it has the right people in the right places, there are enough people for a company of your size, and the people have the appropriate skills for what they are doing. If you hear people saying there is too much work for the time available – make sure the priorities are clear, the tools are available, and the skillsets are appropriate.
- Walk the talk – You are setting the example for your company, department, etc. It is important to make sure you are clear and focused on priorities, balance the strategic and the tactical appropriately, and find balance to manage your stress and health. Make sure you are taking time to get exercise, clear your head, and eat healthy foods that work for your body. By being clear, focused and grounded, you set the example for your team.
As we head into the fall and winter, how are you providing leadership to keep your team healthy and engaged?