Management News Continues to Deal with Stress Issues
It seems to be a recurring topic, for managers and employees, stress in the work place. Almost everyone is experiencing increased levels of stress in both their professional and personal lives. Taking your added “stress burden” from work to home, or home to work, simply exacerbates the problem. It can also effect co-workers and family members alike. This is Management News but not a surprise.
Stress in the work place is a productivity killer. The conundrum surrounds the need for ever higher increases in production, goals achievement, competition and implementation of the latest strategic plans. Management stress can be contagious infecting others in the business unit and the cycle just accelerates.
Stress Management: How Chronic Stress Affects Health According to the American Psychological Association’s recent Stress in America survey, the majority of Americans report experiencing higher stress levels than what they believe to be healthy. Equally troubling is the survey’s finding that there is a significant gap between what Americans want from the healthcare system in terms of stress management, and what they’re actually getting.Chronic stress can be detrimental to our health, and has been linked to the development of a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease. But as a country, we’re beginning to wake up to the scary effects of too much stress — and starting to consider how we can live with less. On Wednesday, the Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Huffington Post, hosted “Managing Stress: Protecting Your Health,” a panel discussion about stress and health, and the ways in which well-being, mindfulness, exercise and nutrition can contribute to healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. To continue this thread on stress…read more.
As it relates to the work place, stress is too often associated with the attitude, behavior and management style of the person in charge. Yes, the “boss” can be a stress carrier and inflict it on members of the business unit. Here is related information to consider.
Abusive bosses not only cause misery for the employees they target, but they also poison the work environment for the victims’ co-workers, a new study indicates.The “secondhand” effects caused by abusive bosses can lead to job frustration, abuse of other co-workers and questions about the company’s support of employees, according to the researchers.The behavior of bully bosses — such as publicly criticizing and ridiculing workers or giving them the silent treatment — is a type of dysfunctional leadership.”
Although the effects of abusive supervision may not be as physically harmful as other types of dysfunctional behavior, such as workplace violence or aggression, the actions are likely to leave longer-lasting wounds, in part, because abusive supervision can continue for a long time,” study author Paul Harvey, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of New Hampshire, said in a university news release.Co-workers of the victims of abusive bosses experience long-term negative effects, according to the survey of 233 people who work in a wide range of jobs in the southeastern United States…More at Bosses Who Bully Poison the Workplace – WebMDLet’s face it, it’s not easy being the boss.
According to a study from HR provider Adecco, only 30 percent of employees aspire to have the boss’ job. But simply having responsibility doesn’t garner respect or a working relationship. Around 37 percent of the employees polled thought they were smarter than their boss and some estimates suggest that a staggering 80 percent of employees leave their jobs because of their bosses. So what creates such a tension between boss and employee? Too often it’s the boss’ leadership style.Whereas leadership is all about enabling, engaging and building confidence, “loudership” is about belittling, controlling, and instilling fear. Without doubt, bosses who bully, intimidate and create an environment of fear will undermine the performance, creativity and commitment of their employees. In the short term, these employees will comply with the demands of their bosses. And looking ahead, they will seek out new opportunities.
However, the struggle intensifies as the likelihood of finding a new job diminishes. Both performance and morale plummet and, for knowledge workers, loudership tactics cut at the very core of their identity and self-esteem. Read more…Is Your Leader a Louder? 5 Ways of Dealing With an Abusive Boss
Certainly, the pressures of today’s economic realities, not to mention business leader imposed strategies, males some level of management and employee stress a all to common reality. What managers and executives want to avoid is escalating the stress environment with their business unit beyond the given level that comes with the territory. Stress management and stress reduction is a modern day management competency that can pay big rewards in performance. The good old standby techniques, such as communication skills, team work development and effective delegation, are still part of the foundation for success. The stress news is not good news for managers. It is how today’s high-performance manager handles stress that makes the difference.
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