Management isn’t an easy career path to take. It can be worth it, but you have to get into the right field and company for all the work you do as a manager to be worth it. There is a lot of stress that is associated with being a manager.
You’re not the head honcho, and you’re not at the bottom of the latter. You have to answer to the big boss, but people have to answer to you. There’s constant pressure on all sides to perform, make everybody happy, make sure that all of the things that need to be done are getting done in a timely matter, and often times, there is a lot more work getting put in than you’re actually getting paid for.
If you love your job, it’s worth it. If you get into a good company, it can also be worth it. The company might be sure to pay you well and give you great benefits for all of the work you put in. However, if you’re feeling the stress and are always in an uncomfortable spot at work due to all of your responsibilities, here is what you can do to wind down and make it easier on yourself:
Take Time For Yourself
Your job is to cater to the needs of everyone around you all of the time. That gets draining after a while. You have to charge your tank and make sure that it’s full so that you can continue to give. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself. Go get a massage. Take a vacation and have somebody you trust take care of things for a couple of days.
The secret to being a good leader is to build an environment that will operate without you. You have to create a legacy that will live after you’re gone. If you are ever in the position where you leave and the company falls apart because of the fact, you were doing too much.
Dress For Success
You might have a dress code to follow, but if you’re the manager, are you able to bend the rules just a bit? If you’re putting in the time, shouldn’t you be able to do it wearing what you want to wear? Within reasonable parameters, of course. You might be in the back making sure that strings behind the scenes are getting pulled, so if you’re wearing your favorite pair of comfortable shoes, that shouldn’t be a problem.
There is nothing worse than working long hours in uncomfortable clothing that makes operating in any capacity more difficult than it needs to be. Dressing for success means you wear what is going to make the job easiest for you. If you don’t want to wear a tie, don’t wear a tie. Unbutton the jacket, have a casual day in the office, and live a little.