A well-trained staff is essential to anything you do with your business. Employees who have proper training will have all the right skills and understanding to make your business a success. However, the traditional one-size-fits-all method tends to really diminish the true abilities of those employees. Want some of the best tips to provide your employees with better training tools? Then read on!
Make a Plan and Set Goals
One of the most common mistakes made during the training process is the belief that since you know everything you don’t have to plan ahead. You may know every aspect of your business, but it may not come out as clear to a person just being introduced to your company for the first time. Getting results means you have to implement your training plan successfully. This means preparing ahead of time on what you will need to teach them now so they can get to work and what can be held off till later. In addition, small goals must be in place to not only encourage the trainee but allow you to know where you stand in the training process. This is extremely important during any new employee onboarding process. You may not remember what it was like to be new, what information you needed. Go to the source and ask some of your newer hires what their ideal learning plan would look like.
Ditch the One-Size-Fits-All Approach
One-size-fits-all training was created to save money and make things as simple as possible. What companies forget is that employees are people too, and people are different. You don’t have to customize a program for each and every person, but you do need to understand that your preferred training method must be flexible. Straight verbal explanations might work for some people, while others might prefer a visual demonstration. Online learning may work for many, but certainly not for everyone.
Look at New Technologies
Even the best training programs cannot predict how an employee will react once they are dealing with actual customers or products. Therefore, many companies are now considering implementing various technologies into their programs. One of the ways employers can train their staff to understand various aspects of the business is through VR or virtual reality. Allowing them to see the process with all its challenges and unpredictability can really improve their performance even before they interact with a customer. This will no doubt increase confidence in the employee and provide better results for the company. Bring on the fourth revolution! As you set your goals for your new employees, it is necessary to provide them with the tools to reach those goals. The list above provides you with some of the best options to begin this process the right way.
I’m always yelling about self-care and I stumbled across something the other day that made me want to yell about it even more. It said that modern life overuses the stress response. Back in the day, our body’s stress response system was used for thing like avoiding being eaten by a tiger. As stressful as situations like that they occurred in short bursts. In today’s society, stress can be constant, so the body responds as if it’s always going to be eaten by the tiger. All. The. Time. There is almost no downtime from stress unless you make an effort to reduce it. The effects of stress go far beyond just having tense shoulders or a stress headache. Here’s a look at three of the most significant effects that stress has on the body.
Improving Mental Health
Stress can have a negative impact on your mental health. Chronic stress changes your body chemistry. It affects mood, attention, and memory. Excess stress has also been found to increase the risk of anxiety and depression. Because the brain’s neurotransmitters are being overused, repeated stress changes the way they perform. Eventually, repeated exposure to excess stress causes these bodily systems to malfunction, making it more difficult for a person to control their response. On the flip side, reducing stress can gradually improve mental health.
Improving Physical Health
Chronic stress eventually causes inflammation that affects the body’s immune system. This is why you tend to get sick when you’re under too much stress. It makes the body release large amounts of cortisol. According to ASEA, stress is often an underlying cause of chronic inflammation, which in turn, is linked to most major disease-related causes of death in the United States. For myself, inflammation is a big, painful problem that I have had to learn how to manage without medication. Learning to lower your stress levels through self-care routines like yoga and meditation can have long-term positive effects on your physical condition.
Stress Can Lead to Burnout
Too much stress eventually creates burnout. This is a situation in which a person has been under pressure for so long that they finally cannot function effectively anymore. All physical, mental and emotional resources have been tapped out. This kind of condition leads to a destructive chain reaction in thinking that’s hard to turn away from. Picture in your mind someone smashing their monitor and jumping up and down on their laptop. Yep, that’s severe burnout. If you feel that you’re in danger of burning out, seek the help of supportive friends or a counselor. Lessen the time you spend at work, or if that’s not possible due to the constraints of your job, think about finding a new job altogether.
Stress turns on the body’s fight-or-flight response, a system that was once used only to keep humans safe from the occasional dangers in their environment. Even though most people don’t have to run from tigers anymore, their chronically high-stress levels cause their bodies to react as if they do. Learning how to manage stress keeps the body and the brain healthier, which leads to better cognitive functioning and productivity.
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Natural born leaders fall into a role that has others watching their every move. But even natural born leaders face situations that cause them to stress out a bit. Leaders must be vigilant about how they react in all situations, especially stressful ones. Stress has a significant impact on how leaders respond to everyday activities and impromptu scenarios they were unprepared to handle.
Stress Causes You to Make Poor Decisions
Stress is a natural thing, and everyone chooses how to react to such events in life that cause theirs. Our bodies create what has been dubbed the stress hormone, which is called cortisol. While cortisol can have positive effects on our bodies, ultimately, too much of something leads to adverse outcomes. When a significant conflict arises, our brain creates a flight-or-fight scenario that we must respond to almost immediately. Due to the knee-jerk reaction our minds take under a specifically stressful moment, rational thinking takes a back seat to impulse reaction. The inability to control how you react to stress will inevitably lead to making poor decisions and lashing out at others in close vicinity. Leaders must be one step ahead of the impending impact that stress creates.
You Take Your Stress Out on Others
Snappy comments, quick decisions without a rational reason and lashing out at someone unrelated to the situation are a few ways leaders may be taking their stress out on those around them. Being known as the boss who has brash outbursts will create a negative atmosphere and impact the efficiency required to lead a team successfully. These outbursts do not always stay within the office. Road rage is a common side effect of continued stress in the workplace. Quick decisions and blaming other drivers for their choices is the outlet some people use to relieve the anxiety they had to suppress in the office. This is what happens when you experience road rage, which is responsible for numerous car accidents every year. Try a few of the tips listed below to help relieve stress before road rage becomes a part of your drive home.
Take Steps to Destress and React Professionally
There are a few methods a good leader should adopt to control stress before it controls them. Listen to what is said, and break down what needs addressing right away and what can be discussed later. Situational awareness will help you recognize the need to breathe before speaking. Take a timeout, and walk away to collect your thoughts before making an on-the-spot decision. Take a walk or a break if the stress is too much to remain professional. A quick walk around the building before agreeing to something or the commute home can be helpful for reducing stress.
The best thing you can do as a leader to avoid taking out your stress on other people and continuing to lead your team to success is to take a step back and modulate your reaction to the situation at hand. Try not to make any hasty decisions, and take a break if you need to.
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