October 17, 2021

Anxiety at Work: Why We Feel It and How To Manage It | Chester Elton

Anxiety in the workplace has always been present, even pre-pandemic but rates of anxiety, particularly among young employees, have worsened since 2020. So what obligation do organizations have to their employees' mental health? How can managers recognize the signs of anxiety, and how can we help our colleagues with those feelings?

Following our incredibly popular first episode with Chester Elton in July 2021, on showing gratitude (episode 238), we are thrilled to be talking with him again about anxiety in the workplace. As a best-selling author, speaker and executive coach, Chester, and his co-author Adrian have shown over and over again, that the key to really successful companies is really successful relationships with employees. And because of the pandemic, we wanted to talk with Chester about their most recent book; Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done: https://amzn.to/3dr7gBK.

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(3:03) Speed round questions.

(5:30) Is anxiety in the workplace increasing or decreasing?

(10:11) How to manage with empathy, not just sympathy.

(14:59) Unleashing employees' potential.

(20:17) The number one cause of anxiety and how managers can recognize it.

(23:34) Showing vulnerability as a manager.

(29:12) Will people take advantage of mental health days off?

(32:07) How to deal with your own perfectionism and anxiety.

(36:57) The ways you can join Chester’s community.

(40:22) Chester’s anti-anxiety playlist.

(44:05) Chester’s kind promise to listeners.

(45:00) Grooving Session discussing how to apply Chester’s insight to our lives.

Books by Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick

Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done: https://amzn.to/3dr7gBK

Leading with Gratitude: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results: https://amzn.to/36Cy8uo

All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results: https://amzn.to/3AgtSyk

The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance: https://amzn.to/2USP4KN

The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization: https://amzn.to/3ybULSb


Behavioral Grooves Patreon: www.patreon.com/behavioralgrooves

Chester Elton: www.chesterelton.com

Chester Elton, Episode 238: Who Makes You Feel Grateful? Tell Them! https://behavioralgrooves.com/episode/gratitude-with-chester-elton/

We Thrive Together: www.wethrivetogether.global. A safe community to talk about anxiety and stress with over 500 members.

Anxiety at Work with Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/anxiety-at-work-with-adrian-gostick-chester-elton/id1549312484

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy: https://amzn.to/2YxRO2d 

Nicole Malachowski: https://bit.ly/3oCYTt5 

HR Leaders Podcast with Chris Rainey: https://hrleaders.co/podcast 

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Episode 246: Are You More Honest with Google or Your Friends? https://behavioralgrooves.com/episode/are-you-more-honest-with-google/ 

The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism” by Hubert Joly: https://amzn.to/2YmaMZt 

Garry Ridge at WD-40: https://wd40company.com/our-tribe/our-tribes-leaders/ 

Musical Links 

Pharrell Williams “Happy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbZSe6N_BXs

Monty Python, Eric Idle “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8M 

The Beatles “Good Day Sunshine”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e01nNA02vw 

The Beatles “Fixing A Hole”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPBd8eHQqIw 

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