When you’re a business owner it can be hard to identify the reasons behind things in the business that are not quite going to plan. You might blame yourself, you might wonder if you hired the right staff, whether you’re too hard on them or not hard enough.

In times of pressure emotions get high, especially if it’s YOUR business that’s concerned – after all it’s your job to make sure everything gets done, even down to the smallest detail, right?

Not necessarily… it might just be time to let go.  
As a business owner you need to realise that you can’t do everything. It was different when it was just you working from your garden shed, but now you have a team to back you; it’s time to start delegating and putting things in place to help your employees get their work done.

“But my employees keep letting me down!”

When the pressure is on it’s easy to get agitated with staff who don’t complete work on time, make mistakes or phone in sick the day before a big deadline. The key is to pinpoint the reasons for these problems, so you can begin to resolve them.

You’re not letting go of the reins

Are you constantly checking up on your staff, telling them how it should be done, taking up both your time and theirs? It’s time to trust in yourself that you picked the right person for the job and let them get on with it.

Their capabilities are stretched

Although your team may have had all the skills needed for where your business was 6 months ago things change. If skills are missing, or the workload is just too big for the size of your team, it’s time to make some changes. Whether it’s through training or recruitment it’s important to make sure your team have the necessary skills and resources available.

All work and no play

They’re working too hard and there aren’t enough hours in the day. If overtime is becoming the norm there’s a problem. There is always going to be the need for the odd extra hour here and there, but not giving your staff any downtime can create a multitude of problems. The stress of longer days can hinder ability to concentrate, reducing efficiency and causing mistakes to creep in.  Chances are any stress-related conditions will flare up too, explaining those increasing sick days. It might just be a matter of restructuring existing jobs, or you might need to consider recruiting another person to help take the pressure off.

Identifying the source of the problems in your business can be a weight off your shoulders, and the first step towards solving them. Being a business owner can sometimes feel isolating.

Remember, discussing things with your employees can help uncover ways to resolve current issues, or call in the experts if you feel out of your depth and need a helping hand.



Managing Mental Health & Stress at Work

Ideal for business owners, HR managers or people managers.

In this half day course, you will learn how to recognise when a staff member is struggling and how you can support them professionally.

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the main work areas that can lead to stress, and feel confident in addressing work related stress
  • Define what stress is and start to recognise the signs of poor mental wellbeing in yourself and in others
  • Know what an organisation is expected to do for employees who are stressed, anxious or depressed
  • Know what to do when this doesn’t work and the problem gets worse
  • Hold difficult conversations with staff who are struggling

Date: 25th October

Time: 9:00am registration, for a 9:30am start. Finish at 1:00pm.

Location: Chichester Harbour Hotel and Spa (formerly The Ship Hotel)

Cost: £299 per person (includes refreshments and course takeaways)

BOOK NOW AND GET OUR EARLY BIRD DEAL of £199 per person – deal ends on 30th September

NB Early bird tickets must be booked and paid for by 28th September 

Get in touch

We love working with a variety of businesses and business owners – whether new on your business journey or well established. We are specialist in dealing with tricky HR issues as well as the essentials, like developing your policies and procedures.

Give us a call on: 01243 717693 or message us directly