As a supervisor you are automatically a role model. Your team will look to you, your values, attitudes, and behaviours as the standard for what you expect from them.
To live well - everyone needs to take care of themselves, and we all need boundaries.
It’s good to help when someone needs a hand.
Resist the urge to fall into the trap of the "hero mentality", sacrificing yourself for the greater good.
For example, pushing through lunch to meet a production deadline or being the last to leave work each day, or working late or on weekends may do more damage than good because of the standard it sets for your team. Lead by example, and model sustainable and realistic self-care behaviours.
If you don't, then it makes it hard for your workers to do so. This may mean leaving early to collect your kids, taking your annual leave to go on a fishing trip, or simply taking your lunch break and going for a walk.
Walk the talk. You’re a leader and your workm8tes look to you.
Make a visible commitment to creating a stress-free, safe and high-performing workplace.
We've developed a suite of tools that will help you to model positive behaviours for your team.
Start making a difference today with this list of useful and easy everyday actions that benefit you, your workers and your workplace.
Download & display this poster in your workplace
Put it in writing - are you a No Stress leader?
Commit to creating a stress-free, safe and high-performing workplace by signing up to take action to address work-related stress as part of your annual performance review with your manager.
Tackle the hard stuff
Know how to have a difficult conversation with your boss.
People aren’t mind readers. Even the best manager is likely to be unaware of what is causing a person stress without good communication. If problems are left unspoken and unaddressed, change is difficult and the situation can become worse.
Difficult conversations are challenging and can be uncomfortable and awkward – but a little discomfort in the moment can lead to better outcomes and positive working relationships in the future.
Follow our tips on how to have a difficult conversation with your boss.
Keep it (No Stress) on the agenda
Including conversations about wellbeing and work-related stress in your regular meetings shifts it from the taboo to the norm. Making these conversations part of your regular meeting agenda helps to tackle work-related stress through greater visibility, participation, and accountability. a
It's not hard - a little effort from you will make a big impact.
We've developed some speaking notes and draft agenda points to help kickstart your meetings - keeping No Stress on the agenda.
Look after yourself
We’ve heard it before: fit your own oxygen mask before helping others.
You cannot create a stress-free and safe workplace if you are not at your best. We’ve got some easy actions you can take to look after you, so you can focus on what's important for your workm8tes.