What Affects Stress And Poor Responses?

Times of uncertainty and change always invite stress.

Unfortunately, these changes often trigger issues and problems, while missing opportunities for transformation and growth. For instance, during any change:

  • Some people have great difficulty accepting and adjusting to change and uncertainty; while others will embrace the changes and view them as great opportunities. Some people drive change; others resist it.
  • Many people lack stress management and change management skills and therefore react emotionally without conscious awareness of the consequences on the organization and their co-workers.
  • Some people need to “talk it out.” Others suppress and suffer silently. Some find relief in complaining. Some talk and talk and talk, but are rarely supportive of the change. Others find ways to sabotage changes and undermine efforts to move forward.
  • Additionally, everyone has different levels of stress and change occurring in all areas of their lives.
  • Every person also has uniquely different amounts and types of support from their spouse, significant other, friends, supervisor, and coworkers.

All of these, along with other issues, impact your ability to manage workplace stress and change and continue to function productively. It is important to recognize that people who are experiencing serious stress and change may not be capable of performing exactly as they have in the past.

During stressful times or situations, people often blame themselves for being weak or for their inability “to handle it.” Often managers in organizations do not understand the normal progression of change or stress-producing situations and they expect employees to immediately return to total productivity after a stressful event. It doesn’t happen.