Future-focused workplace culture expert, author, and journalist Jennifer Moss emphasizes the impact of external stressors, especially during the holiday season, on workplace well-being. She explains that by empowering managers, promoting open communication, and fostering a positive work environment, leaders can contribute to rediscovering happiness at work amid difficult times.
The holidays are proving to be even more stressful again this year. One of the biggest factors, according to one study, is the state of the world. 81 percent of respondents said that national issues and world affairs are causing them stress.
Research finds that the most effective leaders are the most perceptive. They are able to quickly pull in data — like non-verbal cues — in the moment. For example, they may notice when someone withdraws in a meeting. They’ll look for patterns to see when this occurs and find empathy-based solutions.
Perceptive leaders are also aware when external stressors could be impacting their workforce. Like this holiday season — already stressful for many — but coupled with the weight of the world it may be harder than most. For leaders, this is a time to dial up that perceptiveness. Start by:
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