How to Make an Impact on Employee Stress Levels (Not Just Worry About Them)

In the Quantum Workplace KnowledgeGraphic created in partnership with Brandon Hall Group, the data highlighted that organizations that make reducing employee stress a priority are serious about prioritizing employees’ needs and values. To reduce employee stress requires a set of metrics that can measure and monitor employee burnout, engagement and satisfaction.

Just as the last blog in this series posited that you can’t truly change your workplace culture without first measuring your current culture, the same is true for people metrics. Although data around stress is often indirect because every employee defines and experiences stress differently, the effect of stress on employees is very direct – they will leave.

What are the most common reasons why employees leave? According to Brandon Hall Group’s recent research, the top three reasons employees leave are uncompetitive compensation (58%), limited development opportunities (51%), and work/life balance (51%). All three reasons are very much under the control of the organization.

This is where Quantum Workplace comes in. Their employee engagement software gives you the ability to see why employees are not engaged and stop them from leaving.  For example, if employees are feeling unable to manage their work/life balance (a very pressing concern for many workers who have been thrust into unfamiliar remote work-from-home environments), Quantum Workplace’s software gives you the data you need in real-time to monitor employee progress toward achieving their goals and their feelings regarding adequate time or resources to do so.  

The ability to see where employee stressors are, and to mitigate those stressors through meaningful intervention, is the difference between keeping and losing an employee — a serious competitive advantage in retaining key talent. 

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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