Is There A Link Between Stress, Personality And The Workplace?
Stress is a serious problem for many individuals and organisations; this is well known. But the numbers back this up too, with estimated impacts of stress and mental health around the £30-50 billion worth of damage each year to the UK economy alone, even before recent global events. That is also to say nothing of the over 800,000 human stories of suffering behind these numbers. There is a clear case for understanding stress and doing everything possible to minimise or eliminate it.
When asked what stress means, there’s no doubt that anyone would be able to come up with an answer of some description. Commonly though, the response boils down to two main components: the people and the events that happen to them, both of which vary readily. This is why it is important to – as a starting point – look at these two factors.
In the course of doing so, Euphros got to review one particularly important and interesting question; do stress responses actually vary by personality traits? Euphros uses the five-factor model to assess personality traits, as it has easily the highest level of empirical support. We then examined the responses of hundreds of participants to answer this question.
We found that – of the five personality traits – all had a significant relationship with stress, with the biggest effect sizes seen for neuroticism and conscientiousness. This adds further evidence suggesting personality is a key predictor of stress responses. Crucially, we also found a link between personality and stress in the workplace.
What happens when organisational leaders understand the relationship between stress and personality?
There are a number of key benefits that bringing these new data points into your analysis and action plans will add:
Better understanding of people
More precise information
Much earlier detection of issues
In a nutshell, understanding and acting on the link between stress, personality and work means a better understanding of the problems organisations face, more timely interventions and better outcomes for all. Additionally, Euphros can even triage your results.
To find out more about the power of Euphros and what it can do for your organisation, please visit www.euphros.co.uk or send us a message for a hands-on go at the service.
Deloitte (2017) Mental health and employers: refreshing the case for investment https://lnkd.in/dZNQ2WM
HSE, (2021) Work-related stress, anxiety or depression statistics in Great Britain https://lnkd.in/dZNQ2WM
Parsonage, M & Saini, G (2017) Mental health at work: The business costs ten years on https://lnkd.in/dZNQ2WM