March 14, 2011
This is third in a series of leadership tips for work/family balance
Really now …. do we need to talk about how stress and a frantically busy lifestyle are connected? Those that live that life – you know who you are.
Awareness of your situation and talking about are an important key to managing it better, if ONLY for hearing yourself vent.
A recent study looked at the source of conflict created by a lack of work/family balance and identified several items that can help improve it. Here is the THIRD of FIVE that we are discussing:
Train your boss or train yourself (if you are the boss)
Become better at asking for support from your boss. And be specific, because you’ll be more likely to get understanding back for what to do. (Remember “Help ME help YOU” in Jerry McGuire?)
Research is telling us that easy-to-learn techniques for a boss being supportive of employees result in employees’ higher satisfaction, higher compliance with safety programs, improved overall health and decreased problems.
This is so simple, people!!! It’s why I specialize in delivering skills training. A little behavioral change in the boss goes a looooong way.
Here is what SUPPORT can look like:
– Helping solve work schedule conflicts
– Providing ideas for integrating work/family needs
– Showing emotional support (this can be as simple as involving an employee in more decision-making or expressing sympathy)
– Creating solutions that benefit the workplace as well as the employee
The study told us that employees were simply saying “I just want my manager to ask how I am doing and ask how my family is.”
*** Adapted from the article Is Stress Getting to You by Rebecca A. Clay, Monitor on Psychology, January 2011.