Tuesday, November 14, 2006

PEOPLE: The #1 Reason For High Stress at Work

Geez, if it wasn't for people, my work-life would be so stress-free!

Anne Freeman reminds us that "People issues" is the No. 1 reason for high stress levels at work, according to a recent survey. I suppose we're not too surprised, right?

We all have our share of problems at work, but it's really our co-workers who drive us up the wall! (Not naming names, of course).

According to ComPsych's StressPulse survey of more than 1,000 companies,

"More than half of the U.S. workforce has high stress levels and more than one-third say "people issues" are the problem."

Those crazy angst-causing co-workers.

Anne points to another national poll that reports almost one-fifth (18%) of a manager's time is spent sorting out personality conflicts among staff members. Holy Negative Workforce, Batman, that amounts to seven hours a week!

The ComPsych poll narrows down the list of high-stress offenders as follows:

People Issues: 36%
Workload: 28%
Juggling Work/Personal Life: 22%
Lack of Job Security: 4%
Well, I'm sure glad I now know the root cause of all my work-related stress. Knowing this, I now understand why Warren Bennis once quipped:

"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment."

Read Anne Freeman's complete article here: Human Resource Exec Online


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