Of course you do. With deadlines looming and fewer people around to do the work, what workplace doesn't feel the pressure from time to time? Deadlines and staff shortages aren't the only things that cause stress. Other contributors include heavy workloads, lack of participation in decisionmaking, a poor social environment, and conflicting or uncertain job expectations. Add to that such commonplace worries as family problems, financial troubles, terrorist attacks, and even the weather and you'll see why you can't afford to let down your guard. If allowed to build up, stress will suck the energy right out of your organization and send productivity plummeting.
You can't do much about terrorists or the weather, of course, but if you want to keep your team happy and productive, you must address the stress in your organization. But what can you, a lone individual, do to buffer your people from its destructive effects? Here are some actions you can take: