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What do you think the stress level is for many real estate professionals and partners given this crazy market?  The fact is that every workplace has stress. Leadership should be concerned about the level of stress in the workplace.

Some people have personal stress the carries into the work life. This could be any number of things such as home problems, health, financial worries, and the like. It is wise for leadership to have outside help available rather then getting involved with employees’ private issues. A good EAP (Employee Assistance Program) can be obtained through an outside provider.

However, this conversation is about workplace stress brought on in the workplace or by the nature of the work. Being challenged at work can escalate into having a highly demanding job. Often a result of poorly designed jobs, stress resulting from excessive demand happens when workloads become overwhelming, or skills or talents don't match the position. That being said, here are 7 workplace factors that might be causing stress with your team.

Job Demand – A challenging assignment is good for career growth but what about an assignment that is so demanding, and the holder of the job has no realistic expectation of success? One way to avoid this is placing people in jobs where they have the greatest potential and the most passion. Don’t make an auto mechanic out of a cook!

Effort/Reward Balance – If high levels of effort are put in with very little reward a stressful situation is created. Without an effort/reward balance, an employee can feel disconnected, unmotivated and even angry. This is not just compensation reward but recognition as well.

Control - Feeling powerless is a universal cause of job stress. Look carefully at job duties and accountabilities and make sure that that authority matches responsibility. Lack of control comes from high responsibility paired with low authority, not being heard, not being involved and others not understanding your work.

Organizational Change - Changes within the organization– from management restructuring to new policies and procedures – impact individuals differently. For some, it brings apprehension, insecurity and confusion – all which can raise stress levels when changes are not properly communicated or understood.

Manager/Supervisor – This is a big one and as HR professionals know, people do not leave jobs they leave supervisors. Reasonable directives from your boss should be expected. It’s when he or she creates enormous pressure or challenges, to the point of it hindering your workload, that cause stress to increase.

Social Support - An unsupportive social environment can cause workplace stress. Managers who don’t provide clear and consistent information and co-workers who fail to assist one another leaves employees feeling unengaged and unproductive.

Job Security - Fearing for your job is extremely stressful. However, stress can also be caused by lack of advancement, being promoted too slowly or being promoted too quickly to be successful in the job.


Needless to say, if you have this stress you need to address it. However, you should know the stress levels of your team and address the causes of that stress. Right now, we are finding the stress levels are high because of the events of the last year. Don’t wait until it is too late. Take action now.  For a similar blog on our website see WHAT IS WORKPLACE STRESS DOING TO YOUR BUSINESS?

Do you know what your stress levels are? What about those of your team?

Contact us. We can help you find out.

or call 914-953-4458.

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Comments (33)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We try not to let other's stress get in our way Grant, and for that reason we are glad that we no longer work in an office atmosphere anymore.

Jul 13, 2021 04:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

George - it is very difficult but I guess you can with total resolve

Kathy - the communication is poor and no assurances.

Larry and Sheila - there you go.

Jul 13, 2021 05:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Jul 13, 2021 07:08 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant,  I am lucky, I took stress off the talble after being in the Restaurant business, even then I took up golf to forget about stress.  Life is GOOD!


Jul 13, 2021 09:06 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Learning to let go of things outside the scope of control can be difficult but possible and coping after disappointments requires a high level of tenacity Grant. Screaming into a pillow occasionally, is a great stress reliever! 

Jul 13, 2021 04:24 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - have a great day.

Will -  like you being in my own business my life is in my control.

Wanda - ha, yes that could work.

Jul 15, 2021 03:22 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Grant. We have another hot day in Maryland.

Keep cool, stay safe and have a great day.

Jul 15, 2021 04:29 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We are doing pretty well. However, my blood pressure was up a bit today at my doctor appointment. She asked if I had any stress...well, my sister is out of town and we have sole care of mom for 2 weeks, our two dogs, technically both puppies,  wake us up at 4:45 AM, we have a new and very particular listing client, we are dealing with buyers who want to see every listing in their price range, but other than that, no. She laughed and I laughed. 

Jul 15, 2021 11:12 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

My work place stress is at an all time low due to the fact I work from home Grant Schneider 

Jul 16, 2021 08:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 17, 2021 06:10 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Some jobs can be very stressful for all the reasons you mention here. Luckily, at this point in my life, any stress is minimal.


Enjoy your day!

Jul 18, 2021 05:09 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Yes, there are high levels of stress in our business right now, more than usual.  Thank you for some ideas on how to address it.

Jul 18, 2021 06:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Grant Schneider,

Great article! So glad that Kathy Streib featured you post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. I'm so thankful I have no pressure in our office..the work environment is conducive to be productive. We are busier than we've ever been but everyone works together, takes it in stride and helps each other with issues that pop up!!

Jul 18, 2021 11:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Love this, Grant and I do believe that we are the ones in control of the workplace and it's level of stress. I have learned over the years who to stay away from and I do! Some people tend to thrive in stress and create drama for everyone. I have found that those who do that, have no problem burning bridges and walking away smugly believing that THEY were in the right! 

I will say that I'm a firm believer in ownership - if I caused friction, I'll be the first to admit it and the first to apologize! Funny but, this reminds me of a doctor's office last year that left us sitting in the waiting room for nearly an hour and a half - TOTALLY unacceptable in any circumstances but, Ray was not feeling well at all and it was a challenge sitting there that long. 


Anyhow, the nurse came to get us and Ray and I both had sour puss looks on our faces - even through the smiles (happy we were being taken back)! The nurse got us through the door and stopped, turned to us and said, "I can never apologize enough for your wait today - we had an emergency and I could not leave the room to come tell you that we were running behind. We feel terrible about this and I do want you to know that I will do everything in my power to never have this happen to you again." 


Well, what could we say? She totally disarmed us - deflating any anger we had built up over the past hour and a half...AND in under a minute, we were putty in her hands. We both said we were sorry for the person who had the emergency and accepted her apology.  The drama stopped there - she was in control of her workplace.


We also received a note later that week, again apologizing and giving us her personal cell number to keep handy if we ever needed her. She added a little icing on the cake!

Jul 18, 2021 11:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, I just hit comment and didn't realize I wrote a post in your comments!! Sorry, Grant - I didn't mean to hijack your post!!

Jul 18, 2021 11:30 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Debb - lots going on.  I am sure you will be glad to get some help back.

Paul - and then you are also in control.

Kat - I believe that because I can see you are doing the work you have passion for.

Raymond - true but the good news is that it is bring results.

Dorie - there is a difference between stress ( excitement for a goal) and stress and feeling helpless.  The later is the problem.

Debe - that is a lesson is customer loyalty.  Stuff happens and she totally took ownership.  The feeling of helplessness is stressful.

Debe - you didn't.  I appreciate the comment!


Jul 19, 2021 06:46 AM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Lots to think about Grant... Life is stressful and we all need to accept that and remember that what we think about we bring about... Focus on all that is good and wonderful and never forget that we are our boss... no one else is the boss of us unless we make it so.,...

Jul 19, 2021 09:17 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love that my physical office is a stress-free zone. We work hard to remain positive in a frenzied world (market). Also, keeping the office clutter-free I believe helps promote a stress-free environment. We do not promote office drama and ask that no one belittles another.

Jul 20, 2021 06:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, reading Debe's comment, I was thinking of my nail appt a few weeks ago, where I was there for THREE hours.   She was very late, took two more clients before me, and I just sat there.    I did find a new shop that isn't quite that busy.

Aug 06, 2021 07:08 AM
Rosalyn Shannon

Here is a great resource, where you can read more about health and safety in social workplace

Dec 20, 2021 08:52 AM