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Small Business Stress: The Ultimate Productivity Killer

Small Business Stress: The Ultimate Productivity Killer

When you’re running a small business, stress is a natural part of your everyday routine. Your employees also suffer, being forced to take on more work to compensate for a smaller workforce than usual. Unfortunately, some can’t handle it as well as others, and burnout can easily set in. Once this happens, productivity practically disappears out the window. If you can’t get a good handle on it, you might even find that your business ends up in danger. We don’t want that, so we’re here to provide a few quick tips to keep you and your employees’ stress levels at bay.

Retain Perspective

You know that work that you just HAVE to do because the world will seemingly end if you don’t do it?! You really don’t have to do it. Nor do your employees, who should be getting back home to their families and recharging their batteries. Make sure you never lose sight of perspective. At the end of the day, you’re just operating a small business. What you do in one evening isn’t going to make a whole lot of difference in the grand scheme of things. Nothing you do is THAT important.

Seek Automation Techniques

Automation. It’s there to make our tasks so much easier than they have traditionally always been. In most cases, automation comes in the form of software packages for our laptops and desktop PCs. So, why aren’t you taking advantage of them? Websites like http://www.pcmag.com/ regularly review the best small business software on the market. You might just find something that can make the life of you and your employees that much easier.

Force Your Employees To Take Breaks

If you’ve got a bunch of dedicated employees that are willing to forego their breaks for you, you’re doing something right. Still, you shouldn’t let them do this. If you want your employees to be highly motivated and productive in the long-term, they need to be able to rest. The same goes for you – take breaks with them! Use that time to relax your business mind for just a small period of time. It might not seem like it, but you’re doing yourself the world of good.

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Implement A Mental Health Assistance Scheme

The real danger of stress is that it can develop into something much worse if you’re not careful. Before you know it, you might well have employees who spend large periods of time recovering away from the workplace. You don’t want it to get to that stage if you can help it. So, this is where websites like http://www.healthassured.org/ can come in useful. By implementing an employee assistance scheme, you can ensure they get the help they need.

Throw Fear To The Kerb

And, here’s our final tip for the day. If everything you do is born out of fear, you’ll never truly progress. You’ve got to be willing to throw fear to the kerb if you want to eliminate stress-related feelings like regret. Calculated risks are important, of course, but being afraid to take them altogether will result in an inability to progress.

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    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye is the founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz. Previously, she worked as a News Correspondent for NBC’s theGrio. Prior, she was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. Tinuoye currently sits on the SXSW Pitch Advisory Board and CES Conference Advisory Board. She is a key player in the Atlanta tech startup ecosystem and serves as a mentor for Comcast NBCUniversal’s The Farm Accelerator. Tinuoye has received several awards and accolades, including being honored with a Resolution from the Georgia Legislative.