Last Updated Aug 11, 2008 1:46 PM EDT
How, you say? Consider that anxious employees may develop stress-related illnesses or take mental-health days to escape an emotionally toxic environment. Stress can also cause short- and long-term problems including difficulty in concentrating, memory disturbances, chronic headaches, mood swings and outbursts of anger -- none of which are conducive to a productive workplace.
Employees can pick up on your stress with verbal (yelling, tone of voice) and nonverbal (body language and facial expressions) cues, so don't think you're keeping it a secret. Instead, take action to reduce your stress. Take time off, get enough sleep, exercise, manage your time better, cut back on caffeine, practice breathing exercises and do whatever else you can to get calmer. You'll feel better -- and so will your team.