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Is management all about targets?….NO!

I remember when I first became a manager. I was under so much pressure to perform well and reach the targets set, that I was not aware of how I came across to my team. I was in a difficult situation because my team was performing well, but the leaders above were continually demanding more and never satisfied.

In the workplace, the adage “Behavior breeds behaviour” definitely resonates with me. Because the leaders above were placing a lot of strain on me, I placed a lot of pressure on my team and came across in a negative way. This was because of my emotions. If I had known what I know now, I would have taken steps to improve my emotional fitness into my everyday routine so I could be more positive and manage my emotions. I would not have felt so pressured.  

Here are 3 steps that you can do to bring Emotional Fitness into your working week:

Step 1: Balance of sleep and socialising 

I remember how exhausted I was on weekends. So often I would spend the weekend sleeping. I was in my 20’s, without children. I should have been partying more and having more fun instead of sleeping.  

When we are in a management position, we need to spend time with our families and friends. When we become managers, our lives are frequently consumed by work, work, work. So often, we take these new responsibilities seriously, abandoning our “old” lives. But I find that when I socialise, I forget about work and switch off.  

We need to make sure we are keeping up our relationships with those people we love spending time with. 

Step 2: Take yourself out of work mode 

I know myself that when I am feeling stressed and under pressure at work, I enjoy spending time with people who have nothing to do with work. Those people in my life who accept and love me for who I am and who make me laugh and see the lighter side of life. Those people I am truly relaxed with and boost me up.

As mentioned above, we are frequently exhausted on weekends and believe that sleeping is the only way to cope. Yes, sleep is important but if we don’t spend time with other people who elevate us it can be detrimental to our emotional fitness.  

Step 3: Getting to know your team 

Of course, targets are important but remember that getting to know the people you are working with—being human, and having a life outside of work will enable people to be more productive and perform better in the workplace. 

As a manager, we need to remember that socialising in the office is important for our team spirit. Socialising doesn’t always have to involve going to the pub after work. Many of us are still working from home for part of the week. Think of other ways you and your team can socialise. You can be creative about this. This could include having video ‘walk and talks’, virtual coffee catch-ups, or virtual team socials. One thing to keep in mind when socialising with your team outside of work is to set the expectation that you will not discuss work.

If we don’t manage our emotions then how can we lead by example? It is important to take charge of our emotions, understand them and learn how to respond positively in any situation. In the workplace, this ultimately leads to more effective relationships with our team and a more productive work climate.

Managers, would you like to bring more positive mental health and emotional fitness into your team this year? Let’s have a chat and I will be so glad to assist you in strategising for your organisation.