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    Don’t Let Your Anxiety Stress Out Your Team

    Gruda, Dritjon and Psychogios, Alexandros and Ojo, Adegboyega (2023) Don’t Let Your Anxiety Stress Out Your Team. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012

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    Our emotional state — such as feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and apprehension — can rub off on our team negatively impact their work performance and wellbeing. This is called emotional contagion, and it’s not uncommon. Since many workplaces have transitioned to a hybrid model, it’s imperative that, as a new manager, you pay attention to how you communicate with your teams, even in virtual settings. Be mindful of what you post online and how often you post. Your social media activity can impact your team anxiety, even when you aren’t physically present and even when you aren’t talking about work. Posting too much information at once may overwhelm your follows and significantly changing the frequency of when you regularly post may alarm them. On messaging platforms, consider the tone and content of your words. Remember that written communication can be easily misinterpreted, so always aim for clarity and honesty. Pay attention to the tone of your team member’s messages. Looking at their punctuation can be a telling indicator of anxiety. For example, when a colleague uncharacteristically starts finishing all their Slack messages with a period, it could signal that something is not quite right and that they are anxious or stressed. If you sense anxiety, address them calmly, and provide reassurance to the best of your ability. Be vulnerable. As a leader, your responsibility includes providing safe workspaces in which your employees can thrive. Displaying vulnerability is one way to foster greater trust and collaboration within your team. However, share your vulnerability in a thoughtful and measured manner so as not to alarm employees or undermine your leadership.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Anxiety; Stress; Team;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 17174
    Depositing User: Jon Gruda
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2023 12:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Harvard Business Review
    Publisher: Harvard Business Review
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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