If you are reading this, chances are that you or members of your team feel highly stressed in your workplace!
The studies have been countless, and the results overwhelmingly negative; workplace stress is by and far the major source of stress for American adults, and it has been increasing over the past few decades. The same holds true for most developed nations in the world.
A recent article by The American Institute of Stress highlights numerous data points from several studies to support the claim (AIS, January 12, 2018):
- 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress.
- 65% of workers said that workplace stress had caused difficulties and more than 10 percent described these as having major effects.
- 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful.
- Three fourths of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago.
- Over half said they often spend 12-hour days on work related duties and an equal number frequently skip lunch because of the stress of job demands.
- Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.
It's an estimated $300+ billion annual impact for US industries, according to AIS. This impact is realized through diminished productivity, increased absenteeism, employee turnover, accidents, and direct medical, legal & insurance costs.
For individuals, the issue pervades other aspects of their life - health, relationships, family, etc. According to the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being 2017 report (Gallup-Sharecare, February 2018), depression for the American populace has been on a steady increase for the last five years.
Stress is not the same as discomfort in one's job. Discomfort is sometimes needed and desirable to develop professionally and to achieve extraordinary results. Stress occurs when the discomfort becomes chronic, and exceeds the individual's resilience; overtaxing their ability to cope. In the case of stress, an individual's "fight versus flight" instinct kicks in, and often times cognitive distortions ("there's no hope", "this is bad, so everything is bad", "I don't belong", etc.) are allowed to compound the reality of the situation.
Through workplace programs, education and coaching, YWP Workplace Solution's approach is founded upon mindful techniques coupled with other psychology principles to position each individual for the management/mitigation of their own stress, supported by cultural adjustments in the workplace. Individuals learn to become the "observer" of their emotions, and realize the difference between the reality of a situation, their perceptions of that reality, and healthy coping mechanisms. Through these mindful techniques, as well as traditional approaches based upon Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), individuals begin once again to flourish in the workplace.
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss these approaches with you!