A look at stress and happiness in the workplace

employee stress in the workplace

Recently, Monster released their international Workplace Stress study that revealed 42 percent of people have purposely changed jobs because of stress. This week’s roundup brings you three articles about stress and happiness in the workplace.

  • This is you on stress CNN: “First, note that anxiety tends to be future-oriented (What if something happens?) and quickly escalates to the most dire of consequences (Then I’ll be broke, divorced, homeless, dead). But is there really any evidence for these outcomes? Challenging your fears before they get very far prevents them from blowing out of proportion and keeps new ones from cropping up. Ask yourself, ‘Is this something that’s about to happen or something that might happen in a faraway, imaginary future? Do I have any control over the outcome?’ Try to take steps to manage what you can — finally setting up your 401(k) so you don’t go broke, spending more one-on-one time with your spouse to remind yourself of your solid relationship.”
  • How Far Would You Go to Ensure Your Employees are Happy? Associations Now: “While rumors of French employees being banned from checking email after 6 p.m. have been debunked, the idea spawned some conversation about the benefits of disconnecting from work after hours. Turns out the “obligation to disconnect” that two French labor unions agreed upon actually applies to about a quarter of their independent workers, working a more flexible schedule, to ensure they have at least 11 hours a day to rest, according to Slate. But there are numerous studies illustrating the advantages of unplugging from work, including on vacation or during lunch.”
  • The Secret to Happiness: 5 Habits of Successful People Brazen Careerist: “You might be skilled at small talk, and that’s great for when you first meet a friend or business colleague. Happy people, however, are adept at creating meaningful conversations. A deeper discussion leaves participants feeling more fulfilled than routine chit-chat. By sharing your personal opinions and innermost thoughts, you may even be able to avoid one of the most commonly reported regrets of those on their deathbeds: the wish that they’d shared their feelings with others more often.”

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