Beating Burnout: How Gen Y & Z Can Thrive in Today's Workplace

The younger generations are feeling the impact of rising workplace stress and burnout. Organizations can support their young workforce by developing senior members and managers as mentors and coaches, providing clarity on expectations, and encouraging in-person work with flexibility. But what can the younger generations do to manage anxiety and connect with their work and colleagues? Discover the latest breakdown on workplace mental health and practical tools and techniques for finding balance and purpose in today's challenging economic climate.


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It's no secret that employee stress levels are rising due to various factors, including the latest multinational lay-offs, which have severely impacted the global well-being of workers, particularly in Gen Y and Z populations. The fallout from unmanageable workplace stress has been widespread, leading to disengagement, burnout, and attrition. I want to highlight this issue and explore ways organizations can support their young crew in dealing with it, help the younger generations manage their anxiety, and connect purposefully with their work and colleagues.

The uncertain economic climate has made it a daunting and scary time for many, highlighting the need for workplace mental health training and support. As leaders, we are responsible for engaging and inspiring the multigenerational talent in our workforce. We must do this in a way that facilitates a supportive and healthy culture.

It's essential to communicate with your employees, particularly Gen Z, who are known for their desire for a work-life balance. Encourage them to come to work in person at least a few days a week. Instead of forcing this on them, communicate why it makes sense and how they will benefit from coming to the office. Offer flexibility in the schedule, so they feel encouraged to go to work and retain a sense of agency and control.

Furthermore, it's essential to communicate how their work contributes to the organization and its purpose. Provide clarity on what is expected from them at work and communicate frequently. This can help Millennials to feel valued, supported, and invested in their work.

Developing senior members and managers in your organization as mentors and coaches can be a powerful way to engage and inspire the younger generations. It's crucial to create an environment that nurtures the central minds in your organization and provides them with the tools and resources to thrive.

However, organizations can only do so much, and it's also essential for the Millennials and Post-Millennials population to take ownership of their well-being. Finding mentors, both inside and outside the workplace can be an effective way to learn how to navigate the social aspects of work. These could be seniors from university or people you have worked with and respect.

Finding work that requires you to go in person a few days a week can also help you socialize, build your network, and learn interpersonal skills. These skills will develop through practice and support and are essential in building a successful career.

Finding tools and techniques to deal with stress is critical, and what works for one person may not work for another. It could be breathing techniques, an exercise routine, playing a sport daily, or anything else that helps you manage stress. Additionally, paying attention to nutrition and sleep is strongly related to mental well-being. Getting enough sleep and fueling your body with the right foods is crucial.

Supporting others can also be a powerful way to manage your anxiety and connect purposefully with your work and colleagues. You can do this by teaching good skills, giving guidance, or sometimes just listening. It's essential to set boundaries and practice good workplace etiquette. Still, offering support and kindness to those around you is equally important.

In conclusion, workplace stress is a widespread and severe issue that requires intervention from both organizations and individuals. As leaders, it's crucial to encourage and support the younger generations in our workforce and develop a culture of well-being that nurtures and helps everyone. As employees, it's essential to take ownership of our well-being, manage our anxiety, and connect purposefully with our work and colleagues. Together, we can create a workplace that fosters positive mental health and supports the growth and development of every team member.