There is one timeless leadership lesson from conventional wisdom that can be applied in the post-pandemic era. To take care of your followers and improve their mental health, you have to take care of yourself first.
This is especially important in times of stress and crisis. Your reps will notice if you are not ready to manage yourself emotionally and physically.
The idea of practicing self-care, recharging regularly, and looking your best always starts with leaders modeling how their employees do the same.
Explore each of these techniques for your own personal growth and you’ll soon find others will follow suit. to create a culture of highly engaged, motivated and healthy employees.
1. Have fun
Work doesn’t have to be boring. Make it a habit to engage, inspire, and energize yourself with celebrations and fun activities that motivate you. Enjoying work is scientifically proven to be good for your business, not just your mental health . People who enjoy their work are more creative and productive, make better decisions, and get along better with their colleagues.
Ring the bell, play a special tune on the sound system, gather the whole team and hand out kazoos to celebrate someone’s achievement or special moment. As a leader, learn to give generously and graciously accept the return.
2. Help people heal and grow
Both leaders and employees agree: Two years of social distancing hasn’t been good for anyone’s mental health. Build it consciously (both in real life and virtual). Have you ever wondered how social activities, joint projects, and unstructured time can rekindle relationships and thrive social learning?
3. Take short breaks
A while back, I wrote about the importance of downtime. Neuroscience recommends that every 80-120 minutes he should take a 10-minute break to allow his brain activity to calm down. I recommend (especially) activities that can be done in 5-10 minutes.
- Mindful meditation practice.
- listen to music
- Go for a short nature walk.
Since you are taking time-outs with activities that replenish your brain, encourage your employees to do the same.
4. Experience moments of joy
Make it a habit to pick every opportunity to express joy as a leader and share it with your team. Choose and add quotes, funny pictures, uplifting stories, jokes, positive books, blogs, podcasts, good news, and more. Color their lives. It’s contagious and builds a culture of positive energy, passion, zest for life, and enthusiasm for your (and their) work.
5. Practicing work-life balance
Research by Georgetown University and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation confirms that 80% of employees are happy with more flexible work options and alternative schedules that meet their individual needs. Come up with some of these strategies yourself and think outside the box. Then, have a work policy that motivates your team and increases satisfaction.