These common stressors are compounded by the growing need for organizations to implement change. The need for organizations to change is not unreasonable. Organizations must adjust quickly to marketplace conditions to stay competitive. Organizations that do not innovate may not survive.
The pressure on organizations to change usually leads to increased demands being placed on employees. For example, organizations are rapidly introducing new technologies to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Organizations are also demanding more productivity and continuous process improvement. At the very least, these types of changes mean that employees must learn new knowledge and skills. In some cases, these initiatives result in workforce reductions or reorganizations that can be quite disruptive. In all cases of organizational change, employees must adapt to new policies, processes, and procedures. They must learn to do things the “new way” and this always creates adversity.
The inability of people and teams to effectively handle workplace adversity and its resulting stress is evidenced by: