Stress-inducing tendencies are one of many managers’ more subtle, but less desirable, traits. There’s no denying that bosses may inflict some level of stress on their employees. Some supervisors, on the other hand, are laid back and pleasant to deal with, while others are a constant source of workplace stress.
The good news is that having a low-stress boss may have a significant impact on how you feel about going to work each day. Sadly, the stress meter at work appears to be going in the wrong way on a macro level.
According to a recent Korn Ferry report, “Workplace Stress Continues to Mount,” this is the case. Managing workplace stress is critical to get right.
The most significant cause of anxiety
What is the most stressful aspect of your job? One is the boss, as expected. This was mentioned by 35% of those polled in the report. Stress levels are also affected by leadership changes, “such as a new boss or someone higher up the organizational hierarchy,” according to 80% of respondents.
According to the results of the poll, general levels of employee stress have increased by over 20% in three decades.
Personal connections were negatively affected by occupational stress, according to 76% of those polled.
More than six out of ten people have been unable to sleep at night because of work-related stress.
A whopping 16 percent of workers have left their employment because the pressures of the workplace have become intolerable. Increasing workplace stress is unfortunately a reality for so many.
Stress in the workplace is contagious.
Managers who are under a lot of stress tend to pass it on to their subordinates through their own high-tension conduct. This is a major concern in managing stress.
Managers who are able to remain calm under pressure have a distinct edge when dealing with their own staff. This is easier said than done.
Stress in the workplace is contagious, to put it mildly. The corrosive effects of a single manager can spread throughout the region he or she controls, even if it’s not in the medical sense.
In terms of the long-term causes of increased stress, the report mentions things like “the possibility of losing a job to technology” and “the need to learn new skills in order to stay employed.” That’s correct. Add a third to this list if you’re in management.
What we’re witnessing is a decline in long-term job security and an increase in the regularity with which many firms are undergoing management reorganizations, cuts, or rightsizing.
Three decades ago, when I first entered management, the world was a very different place. Even though there was some danger and uncertainty, and you had to do your work well, you could be confident in the fact that your job would be there when you needed it. The management and the organization had a sense of long-term commitment. Loyalty in many groups has waned, if not completely disappeared. As a result, there is a constant sense of dread and fear in the workplace. Concerned about what the next “reorganization” will entail for them. Stress is a result of this, which is terrible but inescapable.
What are you doing at your company to address workplace stress?