Ah, work-related stress. You can’t get more American than that. It is a well-known fact that Americans are stressed, but just in case you need proof, here’s a small tidbit from Smithsonian.com,
“Americans’ stress levels [are] significantly higher than the global average of 35 percent, leaving the U.S. tied for fourth (alongside Albania, Iran and Sri Lanka) in Gallup’s ranking of the world’s most stressed populations.”
Yeah, it’s bad. And we know plenty of general managers at dealerships who are constantly bombarded with the day-to-day tasks of the job. Running a dealership is an ever demanding job that does not take a break, even when you want to. Maybe it’s time for you to rethink the way your team works together, starting with reducing stress.
While you can’t take your team to the nearest resort town for a week-long vacation, there are some other ways you can help your employees chill out. And in turn, you can avoid the dreaded occupational burnout. Here are four ways you can help your team stay levelheaded:
1. Set clear goals
Burnout is common among employees with too much on their plate. Try to give your team three manageable tasks at a time. Regular check-ins with employees are a good idea too. They help to make sure employees aren’t overwhelmed and are processing their workload efficiently.
Studies show recognition can be just as effective as a salary bump, highlighting the emotional element of the manager-employee relationship. Make sure this a priority for you. Sharing employee wins can help motivate the rest of your staff.
3. Create a sense of community
Foster a sense of community through focusing on team building activities. Something as simple as a team lunch can do a world of good for you and your employees. You could even try to foster some friendly competition through a fitness challenge. Companies like HealthyWage offer wellness challenges to workplace teams with the chance to win big prize money at the end of the competition.
4. Help your team find happiness at work
Happy employees are more productive. Help your employees understand what they do best and put them in roles where they can use their strengths. One great way to monitor employee engagement is to send out feedback forms in order to continually adjust your workplace environment. The most important part of this, however, is following through with employee recommendations.
Taking some time to help your employees relax is just as important as getting the work done.
Here’s an extra tip: You should treat yourself to new tools you need to be successful at your job. With FunnelAI, you can connect with prospective customers easily and efficiently. Our goal is to reduce unnecessary stress so you can focus on what’s really important: running your dealership. We ensure that auto dealers can sell more cars, provide excellent servicing options to customers, and become a part of their potential customer’s community.
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