Occupational stress is a serious issue but one that tends to be overlooked even though it can cost organizations dearly. Stressed and unhappy employees mean low morale, low productivity and a loss of interest in their work leading to mistakes. If unhappy employees quit there are additional costs in hiring and training their replacements.
Occupational stress is caused by various factors. The following is an article from the UK Daily Telegraph newspaper which highlighted one of them, which some of you may have personally experienced.
Incompetent bosses causing stressed-out British workforce
A lack of competence and misplaced confidence among bosses is creating a stressed out, unfulfilled workforce, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has warned.
Four in 10 workers feel their manager’s behavior increases their stress levels, with over a third claiming they do not enjoy their job because of their boss. One in ten blames their manager for declining health, the CMI survey of 2,000 workers found.
More than half think their boss is incapable or hesitant, while almost two thirds claim their manager is unapproachable. This has led to the majority of staff making decisions at work that they don’t feel qualified to make, with 10pc covering up their mistakes, the CMI said.
Ruth Spellman, CMI chief executive, called on managers to up their game if UK industry is to thrive.
She said: “It may be that the recession has created a ‘blame culture’ where bosses are scared to make decisions and their charges are scared to ask for help for fear of being seen as incompetent. Managers need to demonstrate they are secure in their ability to make wise, and sometimes brave, decisions if they are to engage their team and encourage them to succeed.”