Whether you love or hate your job, all of us experience stress at work. Stress can push us forward, help us take on unexpected obstacles, and make us more resilient. But of course, work stress can also have physical and emotional drawbacks when it becomes chronic.
This can be especially true in a workplace where managers are providing few incentives, no emotional support, and unclear performance expectations. You may also be stressed out by unmanageable workloads, little flexibility in how you work, and a lack of opportunities for advancement.
As a result of chronic stress, you may find yourself more disposed to physical and mental illnesses. Between the costs of health benefits, missed days, and higher turnover rates, employee stress can quickly add up to be incredibly costly to a business’s bottom line – not to mention toxic for company culture.
If your work environment is making life more stressful than it needs to be, your team might be suffering from what is called organisational stress. Although how we perceive and manage stress may seem like a personal issue, company leaders and managers can influence their employees’ stress levels a great deal.
Learn more about organisational stress, and the steps that managers and leaders can take to reduce it in their place of work, with the infographic below created for Pepperdine University’s Online MBA Program. With a change in leadership style and a greater understanding of what motivates employees, management can make a huge difference in how their staff perceives and manages work-related stress.