Keeping Your Team Focused Under Pressure

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Most employees and all levels of hierarchy face some kind of pressure at work. As a manager, it is your responsibility to help keep your team focused when under all the pressures of the job. Did you know there are things you can do to help in this respect?

Have a look around the workspace. There have been numerous studies to show that colors affect our focus, mood and concentration levels. The team at tell us how painting your office in hues of blue can make your team relax, have more focus and reduce stress. Maybe you need to rethink your current paint scheme in your workplace?

What Else Can You Do?

Maintaining KPIs, hitting targets, unhappy customers or clients all contribute to stress at work.  Since pressure will always be there, it is important for managers to help employees learn how to handle such situations to help them keep focused. 

At times it’s the employers that give employees a hard time at the workplace. So it is always best to make sure you are not the issue!

Give Them Options

At times, employees may not be able to solve a challenge due to options limitation. They do their best to stick to the rules even when they have options. As the leader, layout several options to every challenge that they are likely to face. This will reduce the amount of pressure they face in the workplace.

Support Them

Sometimes the pressure is too much for your employees that they cannot handle it anymore. This is the time they need you the most. You help them with solutions and to be in control of the situation. This way, you will help them avoid mistakes that may result from the pressure.

Listen to Your Employees

Your employees need to feel that their opinions matter. You can only make this a reality by listening to them. Seek opinions from them and involve them in decision making. When they seem to be under-pressure, listen to them and get to know what they think. Their suggestion may be key to solving a huge problem.

Get Them Trained

Training in the corporate world is of great significance. It is through this training that employees can learn how to focus in times of high pressure. They learn on solving issues and how to keep their calm even when it feels like it’s the end of the world. 

Encourage Focusing on One Thing at a Time

Focusing on one thing at a time eliminates the pressure of trying to complete everything at once. When one multitasks, it takes more time to complete tasks, there are chances of making avoidable mistakes and one feels under pressure.

When employees are under pressure, they want to play it safe to avoid losing or making serious mistakes. They tend to take fewer chances and stick to the rules laid out by the company. As a leader of a team, you should encourage them to focus on one thing at a time, get them going for regular training, support them and give them options. By doing this and showing them that they can have different approaches to different challenges, you will be helping your team to keep calm in times of pressure.