Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
Now that we’re deep into National Stress Awareness Month, it’s time to talk about burnout. New research named D.C., San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, and Los Angeles as the cities with the most burned out workforce. According to the American Institute of Stress, job-related anxiety has increased for decades with no signs of slowing. About 80 percent of workers are affected by vocational pressures, regardless of location. Nearly half say they need help in managing the rising levels of stress they experience, according to AIS research.
Billions around the world ushered in 2017 last weekend. And with New Year’s Eve celebrations, a slew of well-meaning resolutions follow. People vow to reach their fitness goals, finish lingering projects, learn new things, see the world and spend more time with friends and loved ones. The momentum toward fostering greater levels of work-life balance continues to grow. Flexible, family oriented HR initiatives and remote working arrangements are cropping up in response to the need. However, studies still demonstrate that incidents of stress, fatigue and burnout are soaring. With all the efforts to help people keep their social resolutions, Quartz magazine posed the million-dollar question: Why are we still so stressed out? The answer seems to be work culture, and a new model in France may inspire American employers to keep their talent healthier, more productive and dedicated to the mission.