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A generation of millennials or a generation of stressed workers? – part 1

Source | LinkedIn : By Vartika Kashyap

Feeling stressed? Don’t worry, as you are part of a generation where stress has become synonymous with work life. The current generation is in a phase where they have to go through so much stress at work.

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Let’s first of all, take a look at the factors that cause stress at work. And how the levels have risen as compared to earlier generations. I’d like to quote a few numbers from different parts of the world here –

  • In US, ‘Millennials are more stressed than any other current living generation’ – American Psychological Association. And with 76% votes, ‘Work’ sits as the number one factor behind their stress. – The Los Angeles Times.
  • The scenario in UK is no different. Close to 71% millennials reported that workloads have risen, leading to more stress at work.

From all these numbers, it is evident that current generation of working class is more stressed than any of the earlier ones. Now comes the question, why are they stressed?

Here is a list of factors, which according to me are the biggest contributors of stress at work –

Weak office management

Excessive workloads. Unrealistic deadlines. Long working hours without breaks. All these scenes are common in today’s work culture. There is a creed of managers who think working overtime is the best way to be more productive. But reality is otherwise. There are plenty of studies that show working overtime is pointless. It only deteriorates the productivity of an individual. And also leads to increased work stress.

In one of the articles published by Stress.org excessive workload was cited as the biggest contributor to stress. And weak or irresponsible work management as one of the reasons behind it.

Poor work culture

Ineffective work management can be tolerable to some extent. But when it is paired up with a poor working environment, things start becoming toxic. That’s exactly what is happening with the current generation of working people. There has been a frameshift in businesses. There are leaders who are looking to make work culture less stressful. But there is a long way to go.

Most of the businesses are still stuck in the rut. They rely on traditional working methodologies. They focus more on business profits and less on employees. This puts employees under constant conditions of stress.

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