Stress Equation for a Modern Worker

The stress level of individuals’ working within a team, arise from having task responsibility, reduced by the level of powerlessness to carry them out, combined with the level of blame apportioned to that individual’s performance.

stress = level of responsibility – powerlessness – blame culture

The relative levels of the factors on the RHS of the equation combine to determine the level of stress experienced by the individual. Healthy stress is linked to productivity, longevity etc; unhealthy stress to experiences such as burnout, fatigue.

(eg. a negative “score” – the experience of unhealthy stress – would mean that factors of powerlessness and blame culture are greater than the level of responsibility given / taken by the individual for their performance / output / delivery etc)


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