A CEO client shared with me last week that one of his longtime supervisors recently "lost it" at work, which is out of character. He is usually a happy, calm, reliable team member, but on this particular day, he "blew up" about his workload.
My client talked with him but grew impatient. He told this employee how he was coming across (unappreciative, unhappy, and a nonstop complainer) and that if he was so miserable, he could leave.
I asked my client what was happening in the employee's life that may have spilled over into the workplace. He shared that this employee was having difficulties in his marriage, and that things were a "mess."
I reminded my client that leaders are always under the microscope. Our employees are always watching us to see how we react to various situations. They take their behavioral cues from us regarding how they should behave and how they should perceive and process situations and experiences.
The holiday season produces higher levels of depression, anxiety, and sadness than any other time of year. These feelings in the work force manifest in elevated stress, decreased performance, and increased conflict.
Reasons for these feelings include:
- Difficulty in relationships
- Illness in themselves or loved ones
- Financial stress
- Social isolation
- Overwhelmed-ness or exhaustion
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Distorted perception of other people's "perfect" lives because of social media
- Excessive use of alcohol (a depressant)
- Poor sleep habits due to parties or overeating
- Interruption of exercise routines
- Overall pressure to be thankful or grateful or happy during times of difficulty