Find Ways To Beat Stress

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You can often get a good feel for the way things are going in the industry by the types of educational topics you see at events like Short Course. So it’s probably not surprising that a couple of the first sessions out of the gate on Saturday covered dealing with stress in the workplace.

It probably seems like today we’re all busier and busier just trying to keep up and that’s true for many of us. Short Course speaker Joyce Weiss told a roomful of growers and retailers that doing more with less is the new normal for all of us these days, and while we’re all getting a lot done, we’re feeling the effects.

“Finding a work/life balance is important,” she says. “We can’t have a productive work environment if employees are stretched to the max in their work or home life.”

Companies need to find ways to help staff members find that balance between “work” and “not work.” And that goes for owners and managers too. That can be tough for many of us Baby Boomers or Gen Xers who tend to put work first most of the time.

“Making time for yourself is not a luxury – it’s a necessity,” she says. “If you feel burned out, you have to change something. Cross train the staff, give people more responsibility, let go a little where you can. You can’t do it all yourself."

Richard Jones is the group editor for Meister Media Worldwide’s U.S. Horticulture Group. He was formerly an editor with Greenhouse Grower and Today's Garden Center magazines.

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