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Stress Reduction Tips for Business Owners and HR Directors

Simplify and reduce stress in your organization and increase productivity

by Amy Ouzoonian

Stress in any system is a blocker for success. So, how can you navigate through the rough times when tension is high? Remediation of stress is key to running any organization, but also learning how to respond to stress in a healthy way can be helpful as well. As the owner or Human Resources director of your company, there is a lot riding on whether or not your stress-coping skills are on point. You will also need tools and processes that will help with knowing how to address any of the issues that can arise in working with vendors, employees, and relationships.

Networking to Build

Many businesses owners look at networking as a means to close deals and formulate partnerships, but very few will look at networking as an opportunity to find the right candidates. Why are you utilizing and other job directories to find the right candidate, when you could have the right candidate organically be attracted to you and your company. Often times these directories overload companies with too many options and that can cause overwhelm, thus turning into stress. If you are feeling like interviewing is not giving you the results you'd like and is an inconvenience, then change your direction in finding the people to grow your business. Combining what you need to do with what you'd like to do can alleviate a lot of stress in your daily activities. Attend networking events where you believe the right candidates will be. You can easily attend lots of events in Clubhouse app (if you have been invited to the app.) without leaving your home. Not having to deal with commuting to meet the right people to grow your business is a great way to alleviate stress and increase your clarity and productivity.

Work with a Hiring Coach

If you find interviewing to be tedious and time-consuming, chances are you don't enjoy the unfortunate, but sometimes necessary, act of firing an employee. Hiring coaches can offer tools and techniques to help you in making better hiring decisions and attain the total team makeover that your business needs.

Diane Prince is one example of a business coach who has been through all of the ups and downs of staffing, running and growing a business. She is expert at knowing how to hire the right people, fire the wrong ones, and manage a team who will provide any company with the growth that it needs. She offers speed coaching and a five week workshop program that offers tools and techniques that are valuable for any HR director or business owner in building their team and keeping that dream team together. Having systems in place to remediate the stresses of hiring and firing can alleviate so much stress.

Remember to Practice Self-Care

Your company and the people you serve are important, but you are your own greatest asset. One of our authors, Alisha Small, has put it best when she says, "your cup is yours, everything that flows over is everyone else's." It's such a simple statement and yet, it's so powerful. In your daily schedule, be sure to put time to practice self-care on your calendar everyday. Each day counts, so you want to make sure that you are taking action each day to fill your cup. There are so many ways you can practice self-care without carving out too much of your busy schedule. Go for a walk or a swim, meditation or a restorative yoga class can also give you time to get grounded. Even putting on a face masque, dropping some essential oils into a diffuser, putting on some relaxing music, and closing your eyes for 20 minutes can sometimes make all of the difference. The work will still be there when you re-emerge from your well-deserved rest and you will be energized and feel better because of the grace you gave yourself.

Got any other tips or ideas to reduce or remediate stress at the work place and in life? I'd love to hear them. Contact me at and thanks!

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