Executive coaches and #1 bestselling authors of All In and The Carrot Principle offer insight and advice in this practical eight-step guide both managers and employees can use to reduce work anxiety in the office and at home.
Have you ever dreaded Sunday night, got a pit in your stomach on the way to work, or had your heartbeat speed up at the sound of your boss’s voice? If so, you may have had anxiety at work. In this empathetic and wise guide, executive coaches and gurus of gratitude Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explore the causes of workplace stress and anxiety and the management practices that have proven successful in reducing tension and cultivating calm.
If you’re a manager, how do you keep up with demands while creating a stress-free work atmosphere? How can you spot rising anxiety levels in your people? If your employees feel overwhelmed or worried about the future, what can you do to ease their concerns? How do you engage in productive conversations about emotions in uncertain times? Anxiety at Work builds on the authors’ vast knowledge and experience working with the leadership teams of some of the world’s most successful organizations to offer effective strategies that can make any workplace better, helping supervisors and their employees:
Weather uncertaintyBalance overloadBeat perfectionismBuild confidenceCreate and sustain an environment that fosters resilienceStrengthen strong social bonds
In today’s volatile, fast-paced, and ever-changing global climate, organizations and their employees are under more pressure than ever to perform. Anxiety at Work shows how everyone at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters camaraderie, productivity, and calm.
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From a fluctuating job market to the rise of the gig economy, modern conditions have made workplace anxiety a serious issue. Executive coaches Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton know that anxiousness at work isn’t just miserable for employees, it’s also bad for productivity. Luckily for us, they also know the solutions. In this easy-to-follow guide, they give us clear and practical advice for combatting a culture of uncertainty and preventing it from tanking your company’s morale. Employees buckling under their workloads? Start rotating more people through larger tasks and projects. People stressing out about job security and growth? Give them clear paths to advancement. The authors’ 40 years of combined experience in helping organizations succeed shines throughout their confident advice. And though it’s geared mostly toward managers, team members at every level will appreciate Anxiety at Work for illustrating that their experiences are real, commonplace—and fixable.
Workplace anxiety costs businesses an estimated $40 billion every year in lost productivity, errors, and health care, warn executive coach Gostick and motivational speaker Elton (The Carrot Principle) in this constructive treatise. Employee anxiety, they write, involves "overestimation of workplace threats" and disproportionately affects younger workers: 50% of millennials and 75% of Generation Z report leaving a job for mental health reasons. And things have only gotten worse during the pandemic, they write, as fears of being laid off have become rampant. The first thing leaders can do, the authors suggest, is eliminating stigma by asking if employees are okay, and being prepared to discuss anxiety. They offer a host of tips on dealing with overload, leading in times of high anxiety, shifting a workplace's culture to one of healthy debate, and avoiding leadership missteps (such as Yahoo's "stealth layoffs"). There's not much new here, but the appeal that "having a healthy workplace is a goal we can all feel good about" will ring true to stressed-out workers and leaders alike. The pandemic-specific angle and encouraging advice will be great assets to leaders during this tumultuous time.