Someone I know just posted an article on LinkedIn titled "Stanford professor: "The workplace is killing people and nobody cares."
The article makes a connection between chronic illnesses, stress, and the workplace. Essentially it says chronic illnesses are caused by stress that are caused by the workplace - particularly by CEOs.
But I beg to differ.
Yes, the stress caused by work can contribute to some real health issues, but this isn't on the CEOs. It's on everyone.
We are stressed out waiting for our bosses to tell us what to do next and equally as bad - how to do it. We need to stop waiting for direction on what to do and instead take the leap to get things done.
We can start with the topic of stress in the workplace. We can stop waiting for our employers to help us feel less stressed and take action ourselves, from right where we are (no quitting or gig starting needed but you might find yourself with those options). Because the act of waiting for your employer to make work less stressful is stressful in itself.
Ask yourself: What can I do at work to feel less stressed? And do it. Insist on not doing the things that stress you out. Encourage your co-workers to do the same. Maybe find an accountability partner. Because once enough people do that, the culture will start to change.
It's not the workplace that's killing people - it's the people choosing to live a life where the workplace dictates how they live it. Take a leap and choose a different path.