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The Impact of Work-Life Blurring on our generation’s stress

Prespective on Gen Z work-related stress

As a psychology professor and president/CEO of One Mind at Work, Kathleen Pike sheds light on the stress struggles of our generation in the workplace, attributing much of it to the erosion of work-life boundaries due to technology. She contrasts the experiences of older generations, who didn’t face the same technological pressures at the onset of their careers. Pike emphasizes the absence of instant connectivity and constant accessibility that defined earlier work environments, pointing out that today’s professionals are constantly reachable, blurring the lines between work and personal life.

The lines are so blurred

This blurring of boundaries has led us to seek ways to reclaim separation between work and personal life, a trend Pike sees as a clear generational distinction. Terms like “act your wage” and “quiet quitting” have emerged as strategies for maintaining a balance between job responsibilities and personal well-being, reflecting a desire to avoid burnout while still fulfilling professional obligations.

While we are normalizing conversations around mental health at work, Pike notes a potential downside: the tendency to conflate normal stress and anxiety with serious mental illness. She stresses the need to detect the differences between usual work-related stressors and authentic mental problems, pointing out the need to develop resilience and alternatives of coping with the work situation.

Time to understand the dynamics

Pike underscores the significance of learning to navigate adversity and seek support, emphasizing that success in the workplace involves developing skills, asking for help when needed, and building resilience. She argues that, given our unique challenges in today’s connected work landscape, also opens pathways for maturity and self-improvement such as overcoming difficulties as we learn to develop mental resilience.

In brief, Pike’s findings highlight the complicated dynamic between technology, work-life balance and mental well-being in contemporary workplace. Employers can create a healthy work environment for the Gen Z employees by acknowledging the link between blurred work-life boundaries and their level of stress and offering tools foe self-care and resilience building.

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