Source | LinkedIn | Sue Bhatia
As someone in a leadership role, I often consider the health and wellness of those who work for me. I have seen people impressively perform under high amounts of stress. I have also seen hard-working employees struggle to manage stress. Stress can be an incredibly positive motivator, but it can also reach levels that can become harmful. Because every person has a different tolerance level to stress, and a different approach to managing it, there isn’t a one-size-fits all approach to addressing this issue. But there are ways to mitigate it.
I aim to help people find their dream jobs and to build careers they love, but I can’t ignore the fact that the workplace can be one of the biggest sources of stress for many people in the U.S. According to Korn Ferry, “nearly two-thirds of professionals say their stress levels at work are higher than they were five years ago.” LinkedIn recently published a report on stress, with both work-life integration, workload, and confidence in job future leading the pack of top stressors.
A whopping 70% of those surveyed claimed work-life integration to be one of the drivers of stress at work. Sixty-four percent were concerned about the future of their job or career. Interestingly, sense of purpose, or lack thereof, also scores 64% as a source of stress. It’s no coincidence that these two are equally ranked as sources of stress. If one doesn’t feel that their job provides them with a sense of purpose, then it’s inevitable that they will also feel a lack of confidence in their job future as well.