“We’re now reaching unprecedented levels of stress that will challenge our ability to cope,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., CEO of the American Psychological Association. (Martin Sati illustration)
The American Psychological Association (APA) has been conducting an annual survey measuring stress levels felt by Americans for 15 years; its most recent “Stress in America” survey was released in March and looked at the impact the combined weight of the pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and rising inflation has had on our collective wellbeing.
“The number of people who say they’re significantly stressed about these most recent events is stunning,” said APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr. “Americans have been doing their best to persevere over these past two tumultuous years, but these data suggest that we’re now reaching unprecedented levels of stress that will challenge our ability to cope.”
Included in that data was a snapshot of the role that work stress plays, relative to other factors, including health concerns, family responsibilities, and relationships. Work was listed as one of the top three stressors for Gen Z, Millenials, and Boomers, and in the top four for Gen X.
Fast Company devoted its summer issue cover story to mental health at work in response to how burnout, anxiety, and depression among workers are hitting record levels. It’s time, Fast Company staff write, to lift the stigma of having mental health conversations at work.
Consider the following pieces in the May/June Convene cover package our contribution to a healthy conversation about wellness in the business events industry — how we foster it for each other in our workplaces and for participants at our events.