Our stress response is activated when we evaluate a situation as having greater demands than the resources we have available. Sometimes the situation is perceived as a challenge, and we can then grow from the experience. Other times, the situation is a threat and we need to act to change the environment to mitigate the threat. This can still be a learning experience, if handled productively. However, if stress becomes persistent, or if unhealthy coping habits develop, we start to see negative consequences of chronic stress.
Leaders can help to create environments that minimize stressors, while communicating a caring attitude to assist those around you in evaluating challenges as opportunities for growth. Check out the infographic below to learn about how stress impacts the workplace and employees.