Stress on the Job: The Recruiter's Perspective
Since nearly 70% of Americans say they’re stressed about work, I decided to tackle the topic on Good Morning America, where I’ve been the workplace contributor for five years.
To prep for today’s segment, I asked women to write to me about their experiences.
I got a flood of emails in response—honest and heartfelt (heartbreaking too) letters that described workplace nightmares that caused them to quit, damaged their self-esteem, or left them doubting that real solutions may exist.
“I cry in the parking lot every morning. The panic in my bones is so severe and the worst part is that my manager knows it and does nothing to help those of us who feel helpless and hopeless about tripling our workload since laying off our dedicated colleagues. I don’t know how much longer this pace can continue without giving me a heart attack or worse.”
“My boss is secretive, my co-worker is sneaky, and the environment is so toxic. We’re encouraged to compete, to backstab, to out do everyone else. Who can live this way in peace? It’s turning me into a monster at home because I’m at my wits end. My kids fear the mood I’ll be in, which is awful since I’ve always been a very happy person—until now.”
And then there’s this one, which was echoed by many of those who shared their stories:
“My boss routinely tells us we can spend the day at the unemployment office if we don’t like it here. I can’t quit this job because my husband is out of work and my paycheck is the only thing that keeps a roof over our heads and food on the table. What can I do?”
I offered some suggestions in my TV segment, but I’d really like to hear from you—our friends and colleagues on the front lines in human resources and recruiting.
While wearing your company hat, what advice would you offer to this person if she worked at your company? Would the advice be different if you were talking to a friend?
Please tell us here—and you’re welcome to post anonymously. Just don’t include your name.