Stress in our busy lives
Stress has become synonymous with today’s fast-paced lifestyle and, for the majority of people, it is a given that there will be times when their job feels difficult to manage. So the better a person feels able to cope with stress the less disruptive it will be on their life and work. In fact, a manager’s ability to cope and balance their workload has a direct impact on their performance and happiness, according to research by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
In the report, ‘The pursuit of happiness: positivity and performance among UK managers’, the top 100 performers rated themselves highly in their ability to cope with stress (80 out of 100) while those who rated themselves lowest (41) were the worst performers.
ILM’s research also found that a degree of stress can actually aid performance, with employees who experience no stress (and the very stressed) performing least well. However, anxiety about work can easily get out of control and its potential negative impact on both performance and workforce health should never be underestimated by employers, which is why ILM has some advice for managers to better equip their teams to deal with stress.