#WorkTrends Recap: Using Empathy to Reduce Anxiety in the Workplace

#WorkTrends Recap: Using Empathy to Reduce Anxiety in the Workplace

Now more than ever we need empathy — especially with recent events. Our professional lives and personal lives can’t always be separated, and stress from one side can impact the other.

Whether we like to admit it or not, stress and anxiety levels in the workplace continue to rise. And these levels do in fact, impact the workplace. According to the American Institute of Stress one million US employees miss work every day due to stress. On top of that 56 percent of employees who are stressed or suffer from anxiety say it impacts their performance in the workplace.

Using the power of empathy, brain science and cognitive behavioral therapy provide people with a comprehensive self-help tool to lessen stress and create life balance. So how can using this tool help employees to be more productive, focused, collaborative and more relaxed in their job?

This week, #WorkTrends host Meghan M. Biro welcomed Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, a licensed clinical psychologist, to discuss the importance of using empathy, brain science and cognitive behavioral therapy to advance our mental wellbeing and workplace relationships.

Here are a few key points that Dr. Arthur shared:

  • Giving empathy releases oxytocin that reduces anxiety
  • Without empathy, how can you know what your customers want and need?
  • Empathy is a calming process. It slows you down so you can reassess your reactions and biases
  • People sense when we are not authentic. Stress is triggered when there is no trust.

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