Scary Truths About the Workplace: Stress and Overwork
According to the CDC, 25% of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in the lives, and many employees note that problems at work are more strongly linked with health complaints than any other life stress, including financial and family problems. On-the-job stress can become physically and emotionally harmful when the requirements of the job do not match the employees’ resources, abilities, aspirations, and needs. Unlike challenge, which energizes and motivates employees, work-related stress is unmanageable and results from the feeling that demands at work cannot be met. This same stress can lead to over-work and, sooner or later, burnout, illness, injury, and failure to perform.
What you can do: As a leader, you steer your employees’ ship. In order to feel relaxed and positive at work, your staff needs to feel that they the company culture and policies support work-life balance, vacation, and constructive socializing between peers. They also need to feel heard, respected, and appropriately challenged-but not pushed-in their current position. Strengths and job duties should ideally be matched, and employees who are exhibiting stress symptoms at work should have their workload, work relationships, job duties, and work conditions evaluated in a safe, supportive way.
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