Stress Much?

Doug Hall mentions an interesting DDB Needham Life Style Study that indicates that the number of people who feel that they are "under a great deal of pressure most of the time" has grown from 40% in 1975 to 72% in 1996. His advice for business people?

  • Think of stress reduction as a tangible benefit.
  • Make it easier to find out about, try, use and purchase your offering.
  • Eliminate needless complexity and reduce meaningless product and service options.

How else can we reduce stress in the workplace — and for our customers?

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  • Michael Neely

    If I'm not mistaken, Doug Hall is CEO of the Eureka! Ranch in Cleveland. He has also been named "America's #1 Idea Guru" by A&E Top 10 and "America's Top New-Product Idea Man" by Inc. Magazine. He's been featured in The Wall Street Journal, on CNN, CNBC, and CBC Canada, and more. In 2001, he put out a book and a series of marketing audios called "Jumpstart Your Business Brain," which were excellent.

    I was watching a movie that got by me this morning around 4am (I guess for me I could get more sleep :> ) called "Swimming with the Sharks" with Kevin Spacey, et al. The amount of stress that the young trainee was going through was incredible, being constantly yelled at, by a boss that enjoyed the high level of stress in his life and thought everyone else did, too. The trainee eventually held his boss at gunpoint and demanded one thing- an apology. The movie left me wondering how many executives were busy treating their subordinates and co-workers with absolutely no respect, as possessions instead of people.

    So my answer would be (also based on my recent employment opportunities) would be to simply treat others as they'd like to be treated.

    Such a simple thing to do, because, "what goes around, comes around."

    Michael Neely
    FC Entrepreneurship and Small Business SIG

  • Agnes Hsiao

    Let's face it, one can't reach out his/her limit if there is no stress. For example, if there is no clear business, or team and individual goals, then the risks for complacency or egoism that might cause either progress slow down or even cause critical problems are on the rise.

    Stress is not disaster if one or organization is able and willing to recognize the existance in time, able to build up system and process to motivate further development and achievement. But nothing is possible, if individual loses his/her inner balance, including physical fatigue and the most critical part is mental burn out. The drive, of course, has to be managed by the individual, but organization does play a crucial role to provide a constructive and healthy environment. So my question is how many companies are willing to pay attention and locate resource to prevent talents burn out before it's too late?