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.
President Trump campaigned on a lot of issues, but at the core of all his fiery rhetoric was a promise that every policy would, somehow, serve to strengthen American labor. His immigration bans, his retreat from NAFTA, and even his dubious, ill-fated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act were all pledges designed to stir support from the vanishing middle-class workforce. Repeal and replace efforts have stalled or failed at every step. So conservative lawmakers are taking one last stab, manifested as the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, which analysts say will “cause massive upheaval and sow uncertainty in insurance markets.” Here’s the thing. Without a healthy workforce, no business will attain its goals. Even the short-terms gains of saving on benefits costs will compound in substantial long-term losses. As Sunil wrote on September 14, we need a new social contract for talent in this gig economy. Healthcare is a vital aspect of that. Let’s look at how we can overcome the challenges.
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, and nearly half say they need help in managing the rising levels of stress they experience, according to AIS research. The “overwhelmed employee” represents the hallmark of today’s working standard, rather than an isolated phenomenon or individual struggle. That’s why some of the largest and most productive organizations, companies such as Pfizer and Google, are championing mindfulness initiatives as part of their overall wellness solutions. Let’s explore the realm of mindfulness and how contingent workforce leaders can launch their own efforts to revitalize and reenergize their programs.