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Is This What Happens When Your Workplace Stress Disappears?

April is National Stress Awareness Month. It is important that during this time, we discuss what we can do to decrease our levels. However, what about workplace stress? According to the American Institute of Stress, there are numerous studies which show that workplace stress is the major source of stress for American adults and that it has progressively escalated over the past few decades. Increased levels of job stress have been associated with increased rates of heart attacks, hypertension, and other disorders. What are some of the main causes of this stress? 46% cite their workload, 28% mention people issues, 20% state juggling work and their personal lives, and 6% believe it is a lack of job security.

How Does Stress Affect Your Career & Your Wellbeing?

Stress is a highly personalized experience and can vary widely, even in identical situations for various reasons. One’s job stress and the severity of it is dependent on the extent of the demands that are being made and the individual’s sense of control or decision-making leeway is provided in dealing with them. There are scientific studies based on this model, which confirm that employees who sense that they are subjected to high demands but have little control are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

It also has been found that occupations do not really matter because some individuals thrive in different types of fast-paced or slow-paced types of occupations. In other words, the type of role for an individual is very key to their levels of stress and managing them. This is why finding your dream career can also change your life.

Finding Your Dream Job Leads to a Healthier Life

Yes, this is true! Is it worth it to put your health and life at risk everyday just to stay in a position that makes us feel bored, anxious, stressed, or frustrated – and ultimately, unhappy? No, it’s not. You may think that it’s impossible to find a career that you love and doesn’t leave you feeling drained or unfulfilled but that’s simply not true. Your own happiness and fulfillment should be enough reason to make a switch, however, if it’s not- living a longer life should be.

What are some reasons that a fulfilling career leads to a healthier and happier life? Let’s take a look at some.

  • Loving your work- and where you spend most of your waking hours is bound to make you happier. There is at least one study that cites older individuals with more positive moods were 35% less likely to die within the next 5 years. This verifies that the happier you are, the longer you will likely live.
  • Fuel your purpose. We all have a purpose and figuring this out is one of the keys. Also, understanding that loving work and it is the greatest service that we can provide to others and to society, is important. Living with a purpose is critical to living a healthy life.
  • Enjoying your job produces less stress and anxiety. If stress is the #1 killer, then this plays right into it. 85% of people HATE their job. That’s 9 in 10 people worldwide who don’t enjoy what they’re doing daily. Stress is a direct result of spending most of your waking hours doing work that does not produce joy, satisfaction, or reflects your strengths. If this is you, then it is time to seek a new career before it continues to affect your health.
  • Being challenged is preferred to boredom. I speak to a lot of job candidates and most prefer challenging work over boredom. A mental challenge comes from loving your work, whereas, boredom stems from a lack of engagement. Mental alertness and consistently facing mental challenges keep your mind sharp and keeps you motivated and happy.
  • Like attracts like. Having your dream career allows you to attract other people, opportunities, and a sense of community. It has been shown that those with more social connections live longer those counterparts who socialize less. If you feel better about yourself, you are more likely to make an active effort towards connecting with others as well as attracting those like-minded individuals to fuel those bonds.

In short, if you are unhappy with your career, then taking control of your health and stress levels is very much worth it. Our workplaces may be a major source of our stress; however, we have control over if we want to remain in a dead-end, thankless, unfulfilled position that gives you a case of the “Sundays blues” every evening and every weekend.

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What Happens When Women in Tech Speak Up?

This week, according to Vox, the women at Microsoft are calling it a toxic place to work as alleged discrimination and harassment cases begin to surface after an internal email chain was made public.

The tech industry has long-held the reputation for mistreating their female employees, assigning them what I call “busy work”, and not taking their careers seriously. While women make up over half the workforce, we certainly have a way to go in the tech industry. Inc. recently published some data on the status of women in tech:

  • Women average only 30% of the workforce across major tech companies.
  • This 30% includes both technical and non-technical jobs, such as HR and marketing. Women can’t even hit 20% when it comes to technical jobs at tech companies. They hold merely 17 percent of the tech jobs at Google, 15 percent at Facebook, and only 10 percent at Twitter.
  • Out of the 41 of the Fortune 500 companies in the tech industry, only 5 have a female CEO.
  • Women hold just 14.3% of board seats of the top 100 tech companies.
  • Men are 2 times as likely to be hired for a role in math when the only difference between candidates is their gender, according to a 2013 study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Approximately 40% of women with engineering degrees either don’t enter the field at all or quit soon thereafter. In addition, women in tech with business degrees also have the tendency to quit the industry before rising in rank.

With stats such as these, women have it hard enough to launch their careers in tech- let alone to seek advancement while dealing with alleged harassment.

More than likely, the women who work at Microsoft involved in this complaint are facing an uphill battle and my advice is to also consider your own well-being and careers.

This recent news indicates that Microsoft may have a culture problem. Once sexual harassment complaints are made and allegedly ignored, it is a sign that an organization needs to start taking steps to not only rectify the issues with its female workforce but to initiate cultural change and work with its senior leadership towards what they want their male workforce to represent. Consistently denying women promotions while men are running circles around them advancing and they’re only doing secretarial work is toxic. In addition, sexual harassment is demeaning and can do a lot of damage to one’s psyche.

As someone who dealt with sexual harassment in the workplace only to have it denied and told it was “my fault”- it creates the most impossible circumstances to work and succeed in. I had projects rejected, was told that my work was sub-par, and that I wasn’t ever going to succeed. It became clear to me that change was not on the horizon, let alone in the cards- so I took my career into my own hands instead of letting it be defined it for me.

Women’s caliber is equal to their male counterparts and they are deserving of so much more and there are organizations who be happy to have them as part of their workforce.

If these allegations are true, Microsoft needs to take active steps towards changing its corporate culture, such as Uber did.

Anyone who understands corporate culture, knows that it refers to the beliefs and behaviors which determine how an organization’s employees and management interact. It develops organically over time from the traits of the individuals an organization hires. This accumulation of traits is what can make an organization evolve and become one that is less focused on equality, diversity, and the advancement of women. However, senior leadership plays an important role by embodying the change that they want to see, caring about its employees’ well-being, and creating a workplace in which everyone can thrive while carrying out the organizational mission and values.

If these are allegations are true, this is where Microsoft needs to make deep-seeded changes because their culture has evolved over time and it now reflects the traits of those hires that are sexually harassing women, rather than those that are there to do good work.

These ladies are taking the first step by making their voices heard within Microsoft and the tech industry. They are talented, bright, and accomplished women who have a solid future in front them.

To them, I say, don’t give up.

Even if your company chooses not to hear you, there are women who do and appreciate your efforts towards making change and speaking up. I hear you and I am with you even if you don’t realize it.

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