Workplace Stress Levels Are Higher. How Can Managers Help?
No surprise that stress depresses motivation and employee engagement. In extreme cases, stress can lead to emotional, physical and mental exhaustion — a state of burnout. You likely can relate to this situation personally or have seen a friend or colleague struggle. In March 2020, Gallup reported that 76% of employees experience burnout at least sometimes2. I can imagine that the current COVID-19 global pandemic is elevating employee stress levels even more.
We must therefore be diligent and take whatever steps we can to identify and reduce workplace stress. The filtering down of corporate messages like "We will do more with less" to combat economic hardship does little to calm and reassure employees who already are fully aware of the storm clouds.
The recent Gallup research reveals 5 managerial behaviors that correlate most highly with employee burnout:
- unfair treatment at work
- unmanageable workload
- unclear communication from managers
- lack of manager support
- unreasonable time pressure
- Workplace Stress Continues to Mount (November 2018): https://www.kornferry.com/insights/articles/workplace-stress-motivation
- Employee Burnout: The Biggest Myth (March 2020): https://www.gallup.com/workplace/288539/employee-burnout-biggest-myth.aspx