Jan. 26, 2016

Chicago Tribune

Unclear Expectations the Top Source of Stress Amid Workplace Change

Job stress jumps when there is change at work – a near constant in today’s environment – and employees say the most stressful part is not knowing what managers expect of them.

That’s according to a survey out this week from Chicago-based ComPsych, a leading provider of employee assistance programs. Asked what is most stressful when experiencing change at work, 31 percent of the survey respondents cited “unclear expectations from supervisors.”

“Employees are telling us that much of the disequilibrium around change is coming from managers,” said Richard A. Chaifetz, founder and CEO of ComPsych.

Chaifetz advises employees who are unsure about their duties to set aside time to meet with their manager to ask for clarification and feedback, Chaifetz said.

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