The largest source of current stress: bosses!

A recent survey from Korn Ferry, “Workplace Stress Continues to Mount,” examined the trend of increasing stress in the workplace.

Korn Ferry asked nearly 2,000 professionals what impact workplace stress had on them. 76% of respondents said stress at work had a negative impact on their personal relationships, and 66% say they have lost sleep due to work stress and 16%, have had to quit their job due to stress.

35% of the respondents say their boss is their biggest source of stress at work.

With only 30% of workers saying they are highly engaged in their jobs, how can we ensure managers have the tools that they need to become better at what they do, to make sure their team members are engaged? Let’s face it, they’re only human!

Over the last year, I have been delivering coaching and training as part of a leadership and management programme in the financial services industry. At the start of the programme, more than 40% of managers felt overwhelmed by their management responsibilities and described conflicts with team members, stress and a lack of confidence in carrying out their roles. After only 6 months, these managers had found confidence, which improved their board presence and client presentations; could manage their time more effectively, had formed better relationships with their teams; and they were generally happier and more engaged at work.

Managing stress in teams is only putting a plaster on an open wound. Let’s get to the root of the matter by offering managers the tools to excel in their craft, and rewarding good behaviour; which is a more positive step towards a workforce that is more engaged and stress-free.

Contact me to discuss how I can help you.

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