Millions of young Americans are experiencing a “quarter-life crisis.” They understand that the economy and the nature of work have changed forever. Talent today want more bang for their buck. They want to leave a mark, make a contribution, have a purpose. In short, they’re seeking a calling more than a career. They crave meaning, autonomy, and exploration. Managing one’s vocation successfully is no different than managing a business. And that’s why the contingent workforce has the power to[...]
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.
In many ways, our individual worlds are shaped by the events that befall us. Some are glorious and uplifting, others tragic and traumatic. Every life-changing event we face shapes our perceptions. Big events, for good or ill, help to define us. This is particularly true during tough times. Yet it’s how we respond to a crisis, and how we receive support through it, that ultimately influences our determination of society, along with the role we decide to play as members of it. The past 15 years have been trying, even daunting, periods for every global citizen. We have weathered economic collapse, wars, public violence, an erosion of job security and benefits we once took for granted, natural disasters and the dynamics of more fluctuating and rapidly flowing business climate. That’s a lot of stress. By simply making time to focus on the needs of talent, managers make a tremendously positive impact on workers struggling through painful circumstances -- an approach that also strengthens business.
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.