May 22

Is the Stress from Work Killing You?


Wondering about the frequency of diseases such as strokes, aneurysms, heart disease, and mental health diseases?

Too often, someone we know, a colleague, co-worker or their spouse is a victim of a stress related illness, hastened by stress at work. If prolonged, this can lead to gave illness and death.

Though many people are ​practicing self-care – exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and having a healthy diet, we don’t seem to spend as much time working on our relationships to reduce interpersonal conflicts and the stress it comes with.

In addition to physical and nutritional care, interpersonal care is the next most important. Our relationships at homes and at work greatly impacts our stress levels, and our susceptibility to diseases.

Studies in Positive Psychology show that no matter our income, position, grades, or status, the quality of our relationships will determine our level of happiness. Prolonged stressful interpersonal interactions can have just a devastating impact on our health and well-being, as eating poorly, or failing to exercise.

There are many things that can be done at work to foster a culture of relational well-being to ease stress and tension for employees and leaders. It is important that as a leader you ensure that these are part of your workplace culture.

Many leaders resort use shame, abuse and fear to influence their employees, thinking it will motivate higher productivity. However, this tactic only serve to alienate employees and reduce productivity and quality.  It’s a known fact that employees who are happy work better and make fewer errors.

In our Leadership Coaching Bootcamp e leaders get an opportunity to talk out scenarios they are facing and get strategies to reduce stress and tension, while improving productivity.

If this is something that interests you, join one of our upcoming leadership bootcamps, virtually. It is never too late to improve the  well-being of yourself and your team.

To Your Wellness,

Joyce Odidison

About the author

Joyce Odidison is President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., founder of the Annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit, and a sought-after international keynote speaker who draws on decades of expertise as a Conflict Analyst, Master Certified Coach, DEI Consultant, and Well-being expert. Joyce shares her compelling research and practice on the Well-being Intelligence Competencies™ providing tools and insights to address the escalating psychological safety, mental health, and wellness challenges that leaders grapple with today.

Joyce believes that all relationships and interactions affect well-being, so we must apply intelligence to refuel and foster resilience and performance. Joyce is host of What’s Happening at Work podcast, where she shares practical strategies about how what’s going on at work any day of the week affects well-being. She is the author of six books, a former college and university instructor, and a regular TV expert who has been featured in news media globally.


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