April was stress awareness month, so we checked in with our readers on the top workplace stress triggers in our monthly poll. Topping the list with 21% of the results was “lack of/poor leadership,” followed by 15% responding that “long hours/increasing workloads” are the biggest trigger of stress. Tied for the third spot with 10% of the votes were “inadequate pay/benefits” and “poor working environment/company culture.”
Here is how the remaining responses ranked:
- Concerns about job security: 9%
- Poor work-life balance: 9%
- Work is uninteresting/not your chosen career: 7%
- Poor relationships with co-workers: 7%
- Inadequate job training: 5%
- Lack of opportunities for advancement: 4%
- Other: 3%
Top Causes of Stress for Leaders and Managers
Leadership challenges plague both employees and those charged with leading a company. Express Employment Professionals also asked the same questions about workplace stress to the readers of Refresh Leadership, a blog for managers and leaders, and “lack of/poor leadership” topped their list with 17% of the votes. “Long hours/increasing workloads” came in second place with 15% of the votes, ranking the same spot on the list as top causes of stress for the Movin’ On Up readers.
If you’ve thought being the boss would solve all your stress at work, this may crush your hopes of an easier life when you move up the corporate ladder. However, it can be comforting to know that you’re not alone in facing challenges with leadership. A search for leadership books on Amazon returns over 20,000 results, a testament to the true struggle leading a team and working with others can be. As a point of reference, there were only 10,000 weight-loss books on Amazon, even with the constant diet fads.
Leadership is often about communication, and your manager may be better served in helping you if you find an effective and efficient way to share your challenges and successes. It may not solve all your workplace worry, but it could be the start of less stress.
Ways to Cope
Check out these related blog posts with suggestions on managing workplace stress and improving relationships at work:
- Be the Captain of Cool
- The ABCs of Learning to Like Your Boss
- Diplomacy in the Workplace
- Keeping Your Head When the Office is in Chaos
- What to do About an Overwhelming To-Do List
What have you found to be the most efficient way to manage workplace stress? Share your ideas in the comments section below.