Making The Cut

By Scott and Jennifer Fontana

Making The Cut

Making the Cut: Stress in the workplace

While some workplace stress is natural, excessive stress can have negative effects on your team members. As small business owners, we have a responsibility to keep stress levels in the workplace to a minimum. We want our team to be happy and motivated and fight the anxiety and tension that often comes with stress.

For us at Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, we’ve taken on a lot already this year. As many of you who follow our blog know by now, we have four beautiful children all under the age of eight. We run the salon, serve our clients, and own multiple product brands. In fact, at the start of this year, we launched our newest line of beauty products under the name Scott Fontana Collection. In addition, our salon is currently under renovation, in part due to Fashion Island’s expansion, and in part due to our own need to expand. We’re adding stylist stations and expanding our upstairs space to meet the needs of our growing client base. We also launched a hair competition at the beginning of this year. We’re inviting Orange County’s top stylists to enter to win up to $1,500 cash, as well as prizes and the title of “Orange County’s Best Hair Stylist 2013.” As if that weren’t enough, later this year, we’ll be opening the doors to our first nonprofit. More to come on that, so stay tuned.

Bottom line, if anyone knows stress, we sure do. But we also know how to manage it for the benefit of our staff, our family, and each other. And while we can’t control everything in our work environment, here are a few tips to encourage your team to follow to keep the atmosphere productive during times of total and complete stress.

Improve communication: Communication is key to combatting stress. Be sure to continually share information with your team to reduce stress and uncertainty about their jobs and futures. When a teammate does something well, make sure you make it known verbally by praising their performance. Regardless of what else is happening in your world, you can’t forget the importance of recognizing your employees for their contributions. At Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, we make sure to remind our team members that their work and skills are an invaluable part of the business. Don’t underestimate the positive effects of friendly and efficient communication!

Time management: It’s all about balance. Encourage your team members to analyze their schedules, appointments and responsibilities and find time to be with friends and family outside of work. All work and no play is a recipe for burn-out, and it’s important to incorporate personal time into their schedules. Additionally, procrastination is something to consciously avoid. Procrastinating creates more work, less time and additional pressure. Finally, encourage your team to avoid over-committing themselves as well. We often want to fit as much into a day as possible, but this can lead to mediocre work and straining to get everything done. Managing your time effectively means less rushing and more prioritizing.

Take care of yourself: Remind your team that their lifestyle outside of work plays a big role in their stress levels. Encourage them to get enough sleep, eat well and find time to exercise, even it’s just going for a quick walk during a lunch break or in between appointments. Mentally stepping away from work can give you time to regroup and recharge. Paying attention to your physical and emotional health has a huge impact on your resilience to stress.

Make time for fun: Celebrate accomplishments! Taking time to reflect on what you’ve achieved and how much everyone’s contributed is important. Celebrate new team members, milestones and daily achievements over a barbeque or a night out. Office holiday parties are another great way to get everyone together, build traditions amongst the group and create a sense of community. Surprise your team by bringing in cupcakes, donuts or bagels to work one day. Try to create events that get your team excited! The Cristophe Salon Newport Beach team is looking forward to taking part in our hair show in April. Making time for fun at work is one of the best ways to stay engaged and combat stress in the workplace.

What are ways you help to prevent stress in the workplace? Share your tips with us below.

Be Sociable, Share!