The Impact of Stress on Workers
Here are some insights on how stress and your management style may impact your IT workers according to recent research from the American Psychological Association. Remember that not all IT workers love their jobs, and it is our job as managers to try to lead rather than direct whenever possible. This can help alleviate the stress load on your workers.
So how do you manage people who are better, smarter, faster and more ingenious than you are? You don't! You lead them.
What's the difference? Managing people requires boundaries. Boundaries control time, creativity, priorities, decision-making authority, what they can learn, the leeway to make mistakes, and ultimately the ability to grow at a faster pace.
Leadership, on the other hand, requires vision, trust and letting go - your vision, your trust and your ability to let go. These are all actions you need to take, not them!
If you have talented workers but they're not producing remarkable results, ask yourself if you're in the way. Or if you don't have the talent you need, once again, ask yourself if you're in the way of hiring top talent. If you don't know, ask your boss or ask your HR exec. You need to know.
Highlights from the research:
1. The research indicates that office stress is not felt the same for men as it is for women.
2. The annual survey found the proportion of chronically stressed individuals has shrunk to 35% this year, compared with 41% in 2012.
3. Work is a significant source of stress for 65% of adults.
4. Thirty-nine per cent of people said having too heavy a workload is a significant factor in their stress.
5. Thirty-three per cent of people said work interfering with family or personal time has a significant impact on stress.
6. Twenty-seven per cent of men and 38% of women said they don't receive adequate monetary compensation for their job.
7. Thirty-two per cent of women said their employees don't provide sufficient opportunities for internal advancement, compared with 30% of men.
8. Women are more likely to feel tense during a typical workday, reporting more often that their employer doesn't appreciate what they do.
9. Women's stress is rising as families rely more on women's earnings.
10. Emotional responses to stress often divide along gender lines, with men more likely to have a "fight or flight" reaction while women are more likely to have a "tend and befriend" response, seeking comfort in relationships and care of loved ones.
11. Twenty-seven per cent of men and 31% of women said their employers don't provide sufficient resources to help them manage stress.
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