Work-related stress can be caused by many things; long hours, job insecurity, conflict with other employees, changes in organizational structure, or a heavy workload. It affects millions of workers in all levels of an organization. According to a recent American Psychological Association survey, two out of every five employees report they feel tense or stressed out during the workday. In small amounts stress can be good, even motivating, but it is when stress levels become high that it becomes toxic and can negatively impact productivity.
Stress is often thought to be part of the job, especially for employees in leadership positions. Organizational leaders are generally tasked with helping employees manage stress levels so that performance is not affected, but many organizations fail to assess the business risks that can be associated with leadership stress. Overly stressed leaders can make poor decisions, commit organizations to foolish ventures, have low employee engagement within their department, and easily become burned-out or ill. Stress can not only affect employee performance, it can have a profound impact on leadership performance and the organization’s bottom-line.
Is leadership stress really an HR risk? Absolutely! Leadership stress is one of the HR risks that should cause the C-Suite of an organization significant concern. Do you know the extent of leadership stress within your organization?
Regardless of one’s ability to cope with stress, each person has a limit, and organizations can take steps to ensure that employees, including leaders, do not have to endure stress beyond their limit. Do you want to learn how to minimize the negative impact that leadership stress can have on leader performance and the organization?