There’s something going around at the office. It seems that everyone is run down, sluggish, and unhappy. An inordinate number of your colleagues are calling out sick every day. You can arm yourself with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and those weird paper masks, but those things won’t protect you from the most common of workplace epidemics: Stress!
Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. Stress on the job comes in many forms just like germs. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. Maybe you’re more concerned with the broader picture. How does the economy or progress in technology affect your future? When work stress becomes chronic, it can be harmful to your physical and emotional health. And in today’s competitive world, it’s becoming an epidemic.
But, don’t worry! The doctor is in.
We’ll be seeing patients this Monday evening, July 15th for a healthy (and also relaxed) #InternPro discussion of the workplace stressors that impact us in the office, and out.
Help Us Answer These Questions
Some of the questions we’ll use to diagnose the most common workplace epidemics include…
Q1: What workplace-related stress point has hit you most often? What did you do (or are you doing) to overcome that stressor?
Q2: A big stress point for many is the impact of technology on the future of work. Should we worry that robots will take our jobs? If yes, when?
Q3: I feel like I can never “turn off.” That means 24/7 coverage. And forget a real vacation. How do I set boundaries so I can relax and re-energize?
Q4: Our company culture is my biggest source of stress. Is it possible I can positively affect the working environment? Or should I start looking?
Q5: My company is great. My boss, though, has become intolerable. How can I rebuild a mutually-beneficial, respectful relationship with him?
Q6: I suffer from “imposter syndrome.” With the knowledge base changing so rapidly, how do I stay ahead of the learning curve and remain relevant?
Q7: I remain under-employed. But the thought of changing jobs scares me a great deal. How do I learn to move on and embrace moving up?
Q8: For those suffering from a workplace epidemic of any kind: What is your best advice for learning how to find more joy from the work side of life?
So, what are the workplace stressors that most often feel like an epidemic to you?
Bring your questions, stories – and also your symptoms – to the discussion on Monday, July 15th at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific as we search for a cure for what’s ailing our lives and careers.
After all, it doesn’t take a medical miracle to eliminate workplace epidemics… just a healthy dose of work-life balance.