And with layoffs and other downsizing, and other issues, on-the-job stress is common as well. The good news is, a certain degree of anxiety and stress on the job is normal. In fact, some stress can be a good thing. “Learning to deal with stressful situations can make future ones easier to manage, according to a large body of research on the science of resilience,” and as noted at: http://news.health.com/2014/08/18/5-weird-ways-stress-can-actually-be-good-for-you/
However, when stress becomes excessive, employees start operating on a “fight or flight” instinct rather than thinking clearly and rationally. Are the employees of any of your corporate clients experiencing anxiety overload? Consider the following questions courtesy of Jeffrey A. Miller, author of The Anxious Organization, 2nd Edition. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/376563.The_Anxious_Organization
- Are feuding, backstabbing and turf wars a way of life?
- Are particular individuals or departments blamed for organizational problems?
- Is there a problem with employee turnover? Are people constantly quitting due to job-related stress or dissatisfaction with the organization?
- When conflicts and problems arise, are people told to show more “team spirit”?
- Is “improved communication” considered the solution to all problems and conflicts rather than making sound decisions based on solid principles?
- Do people avoid conflict by avoiding each other altogether?
If the answer to most of these questions is an emphatic, “Yes,” the level of anxiety is likely too high – for employees or the company.