InTents June/July 2023 - 36

business | tips and techniques
Leadership tips for
reducing stress
By Wendi Wheeler
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certain level of stress can be motivational
and stimulating. It can help
us focus our energy. It can emphasize our
passion and commitment. But as Albert
Einstein reportedly said, " Life is like
riding a bicycle. To keep your balance,
you must keep moving. "
Tim Fleming, CEO of Marsh McLennan
Agency LLC's (MMA) Upper Midwest
region, has been in a leadership role for
most of his career. He acknowledges that
leadership positions can be stressful but
also rewarding.
" We're in a really competitive business,
and all of us set such high standards for
taking care of our clients, " Fleming says.
" That stress can be good because it can
help you perform at your best, but when
it's out of balance you have to be able to
uncover that and address it. "
In 2022, MMA surveyed business
leaders about how stress affects them.
The results were not surprising, but they
paint a meaningful picture of our work
lives and our lives outside of work.
* One-third work more than 50 hours
per week.
* 49% say stress affects personal
and family life.
* 40% say they have health issues
as a result of stress.
* Ability to take time off and detach
from work ranked lowest
in satisfaction.
* Nine out of 10 are stressed about
recruiting and retaining talent.
* 88% said workplace morale
contributed to their stress level.
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In this follow-up to to that survey,
MMA asked some of its senior leaders
to reflect on their own experiences and
to share how they manage stress in their
lives. They offer their thoughts and ideas
on what they do to feel better, work
better and live better.
Build in a buffer
Work is an important part of our lives and
sometimes our identities. The pressure
to perform and to be available 24/7 can
be especially stressful when people are
your business. Elliot LePoidevin, MMA's
Wisconsin president and CEO, says, " My
theory is that everybody started sprinting
when COVID-19 hit, and we never slowed
down. There's an expectation that we're
working all the time. "
While responding to client concerns
and emergencies is certainly important,
so is the ability to take a break from
them. LePoidevin's strategy is to put
a buffer between home and work,
whether it's taking a few minutes to read
before leaving the office or listening to a
podcast during his commute.
Steve Vlk, MMA's CEO Dakotas
Operations, had a pre-COVID commute of
30 minutes. Now it's seven, which means
he has to be much more disciplined
about unplugging from work. " The
first inclination is to jump when your
phone dings, but I'm getting better at
acknowledging that constantly being
available is outside of my work-life
balance, " he says. He adds that establishing
a boundary is necessary for his physical
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