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Stress Awareness: Managing high workload and tight deadlines

Stress Awareness: Managing high workload and tight deadlines, Business Health Matters

Managing a high workload and tight deadlines in the workplace can be a challenging experience for any employee. Not only can it lead to increased stress levels, but it can also affect team wellbeing and productivity. However, there are several ways team leaders can effectively help employees manage these challenges and reduce stress levels, while maintaining a high level of productivity.

  1. Prioritise tasks

Help your team identify which tasks are urgent and need to be completed first. Prioritising tasks can help you stay focused and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the workload. It can also help you manage your time more effectively.

  1. Break tasks into smaller chunks

Breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks can help reduce stress levels and increase productivity. When tasks seem too large, they can become overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Breaking tasks into smaller chunks can help your team focus on one task at a time and feel a sense of accomplishment as you complete each task.

  1. Use a task management tool

Using a task management tool can help you stay organised and manage your workload more effectively. There are many different task management tools available, such as Trello or Asana, that can help you keep track of deadlines, assign tasks to team members, and prioritise tasks.

  1. Delegate tasks

Understanding if tasks can be delegated or shared between employees can help reduce high workloads. Delegation can also help build trust and improve team dynamics. However, it is important to delegate tasks appropriately and ensure that team members have the necessary skills and resources to complete the tasks successfully.

  1. Take breaks

Taking breaks is essential for reducing stress levels and increasing productivity. It is important to take breaks throughout the day, even if it is just for a few minutes, to help refresh your mind and help you maintain focus, avoiding burnout.

  1. Communicate with your team

It is important to communicate with your team and keep them informed of progress and deadlines. Open communication can help build trust and improve team dynamics. It can also help identify potential issues early on and allow for appropriate action to be taken.

When individuals are given an excessive amount of work to complete in a limited amount of time, they may feel overwhelmed and unable to meet their responsibilities. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and even depression.

Additionally, when employees are under significant pressure to complete tasks quickly, they may sacrifice quality in favour of speed. This can lead to mistakes, errors, and potentially disastrous consequences. The fear of making a mistake can add to the stress level, as well as the pressure to perform at an exceptionally high level.

Furthermore, employees with high workload and tight deadlines may feel compelled to work long hours or skip breaks, which can lead to burnout and physical and mental health issues. A well-designed workplace wellbeing strategy can help managers tackle these types of issues, promoting the physical, emotional, and mental health of employees, which can lead to increased happiness and job satisfaction. Make sure to speak to our team to learn how we can help Lancashire businesses become workplace wellbeing pioneers.