Nearly half (49%) of employees are stressed in their jobs, according to a LinkedIn report released on Monday. With April being National Stress Awareness Month, the report surveyed 2,843 business professionals to determine the top stressors in the workplace.
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Across all gender, age, and seniority levels, a heavy workload and a poor work-life balance proved to be the biggest (70%) causes of stress. These were followed by confidence in future employment (64%), sense of purpose (64%), work politics (63%), and access to needed tools (62%).
Generation X was found to be the most stressed out generation (54%), while Millennials were the least (46%), the report said. Gen Xers said they were more stressed about the security of future jobs than other generations, which could be a result of how automation is influencing the enterprise. While Millennials feel more comfortable with technology and artificial intelligence (AI) skills, Gen X are not nearly as familiar, the report added.
However, these fears can be quelled by creating an environment of psychological safety, said Jim Barnett, vice president of product at LinkedIn and CEO of Glint, in a press release. “Creating a more psychologically safe place for employees requires leaders to understand the extent to which their employees feel fearful or empowered by your current culture, and how,” he said in the release. “With this understanding, you can begin to break down these fears, and pave the way to a deeper sense of trust and collaboration.”
The report identified the following four strategies professionals can use to keep their stress low to begin with:
- Start saying “no” more often.
- Remember that you can’t control your future, but you can control yourself.
- Nobody has everything figured out, and that feeling will persist throughout your career.
- While work politics is real, it’s not that bad.
To learn how to help your employees be happier in the workplace, check out this TechRepublic article.