Employees face an unprecedented onslaught of stress, aggravated in the past year by the after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Social isolation, a chronic lack of job security and future uncertainty have all resulted in extraordinary levels of burnout, anxiety and depression.
Health and performance educator, Richard Sutton, told GIBS faculty member, Dr. Michele Ruiters, during a recent Flash Forum that this stress epidemic has meant an increased expectation on organisations and their leaders to provide a refuge and psychological safety net for their employees.
“Trust in many areas of society, including government and the media, has broken down. Business is now expected to weigh in on broader societal issues, expanding its portfolio and area of responsibility,” Sutton said.
His new book, Stressproof, addresses how leaders can help themselves, their employees and their businesses to thrive in the face of current challenges.