Stress is an unavoidable part of a startup. It affects team members in different ways and it’s constant in a founders life.
There is a long list of situations, decisions and expectations that create stressful conditions. Add fatigue and a perfect storm of stress can easily besiege even the most accomplished entrepreneur.
It would be easy to lump startup stress management with the founding team but I think it is, and always will be, a team effort.
It’s one thing to set the cultural tone, it’s quite another to expect an evolving culture to have built-in ways to manage stress.
And let’s be honest, unless you’ve worked together with someone while you’ve had your feet held to their fire, you won’t know how others will respond to stress.
Founders are in the business of hiring the best people they can afford. This hopefully means they are hiring leaders. People who fit the mound of ‘best in class’. They know stress and bring an array of tactics to work through difficult times. Harnessing this experience is essential.
But how many founders do?
Time usually isn’t devoted to conversations about how people manage stress. And when high-pressure situations come knocking, we’ve been taught to look to the leader at the top for guidance. This can work, but it’s rarely full-proof.
Here are three ways to make managing startup stress a team effort. To solve problems more effectively, provide support to the CEO (who at the end of the day is only human) and unleash the stress management experience of leaders your company has worked so hard to hire.