• Jeff Doolittle

How to Manage Workplace Stress

One emotion that defines the workplace today is stress. It can be productive, motivating leaders to innovate, or draining, leading to employee burnout. Given the increased complexity of decision-making in a crisis-driven workplace, leaders need to be proactive, or stress can harm well-being. A proven solution? Cultivating an attitude of gratitude reduces adverse workplace stress effects.

Why do you need a workplace stress reduction strategy?

Employees are stressed out. A global study of 14,800 knowledge-workers across 25 countries revealed:

  • 49% of leaders and 42% of non-managers are struggling with anxiety

  • 74% of those surveyed are looking to company leadership for help dealing with workplace stress.

The costs of workplace stress and burnout are severe for individuals and organizations. Manufacturing organizations like General Motors report spending more on healthcare than they do on raw materials for their products.

In an effort to quantify the costs of workplace stress, a recent study found that workplace stressors in the United States account for more than 120,000 deaths per year and approximately 5-8% of annual healthcare costs.

According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, the personal and organizational side-effects of executive leadership burnout include:

  • broken relationships

  • substance abuse

  • depression

  • decreased customer satisfaction

  • reduced productivity

  • increased employee turnover

Also, we are more connected to each other than we may recognize, and stress is a emotional contagion. Research has demonstrated that