Up to one-third of the $2.75Bn in annual mental heath costs that directly impact Canadian employers, however, fall into the category of ‘preventable mental injury’—anxiety due to workload, feeling unfairly treated and unable to speak up, stress overload from working too many hours, etc.—and can be managed. … how do we reconcile our duty (morally, and increasingly legally) to prevent avoidable mental injury with a need for high performance.
We don’t want to eliminate stress – but rather harness it for peak performance. Read the rest of the article by Diane Jensen and Sandra Stark, performance coaching partners
A distracted and stressed employee is not going to be the most productive employee. The Globe’s Your Life at Work Survey, to which more than 4,000 Canadians have responded so far, found that workers with strong coping skills – those who felt able to deal well with the stress of their life and work – also consider themselves productive employees, putting in 80 per cent or more effort into their work every day.
However, those who reported that they were less productive – putting in 70 per cent or less effort into their work every day – were far less likely to say they had strong coping skills.
Their survey found that 3 per cent of respondents said their stress has hit the “losing it” level, 39 per cent said they are “frustrated,” 49 per cent consider themselves “OK,” and 9 per cent say they are “happy.”