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Decrease Your Stress by Letting Your Team Share the Weight
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are a lot of stressed out professionals in the workplace. And what leaders don't realize is that much of the stress can be managed by learning to share the burden, becoming more transparent and having a support system. Yet most professionals suffer in silence.

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Questions To Help You Delegate

  • As a manager, what tasks am I doing that I was doing before my promotion?
  • What tasks would I delegate to a member of an ideal team?
  • What team members have the capacity to learn...

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Effects Of Stress In The Workplace

  • Poor physical health
  • Personal avoidance
  • A decrease in information sharing
  • Bad mouthing the company
  • Quitting
  • Excessive defensiveness
  • Social confl...

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How To Decrease a Manager’s Stress

  • Being vulnerable
  • Delegating
  • Having clear goals and evaluation parameters

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