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Anxiety at Work

8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done

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Executive coaches and #1 bestselling authors of All In and The Carrot Principle offer insight and advice in this practical eight-step guide both managers and employees can use to reduce work anxiety in the office and at home.

Have you ever dreaded Sunday night, got a pit in your stomach on the way to work, or had your heartbeat speed up at the sound of your boss’s voice? If so, you may have had anxiety at work. In this empathetic and wise guide, executive coaches and gurus of gratitude Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explore the causes of workplace stress and anxiety and the management practices that have proven successful in reducing tension and cultivating calm.

If you’re a manager, how do you keep up with demands while creating a stress-free work atmosphere? How can you spot rising anxiety levels in your people? If your employees feel overwhelmed or worried about the future, what can you do to ease their concerns? How do you engage in productive conversations about emotions in uncertain times? Anxiety at Work builds on the authors’ vast knowledge and experience working with the leadership teams of some of the world’s most successful organizations to offer effective strategies that can make any workplace better, helping supervisors and their employees:

  • Weather uncertainty
  • Balance overload
  • Beat perfectionism
  • Build confidence
  • Create and sustain an environment that fosters resilience
  • Strengthen strong social bonds

In today’s volatile, fast-paced, and ever-changing global climate, organizations and their employees are under more pressure than ever to perform. Anxiety at Work shows how everyone at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters camaraderie, productivity, and calm.

About the Authors

Adrian Gostick

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Adrian Gostick is the author of such books as The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and All In, which have been New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His works have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world. He has appeared on NBC’s Today show and been quoted in the Economist, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune; and he is a leadership strategy contributor to Forbes. Gostick is the cofounder of the motivation assessment firm FindMojo.com. He is ranked among the Top 10 Global Gurus in Leadership and is ranked the number 3 Organizational Culture expert in the world. Learn more at adriangostick.com.

Chester Elton

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Chester Elton’s work is supported by research with more than one million working adults. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is coauthor of The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and All In, and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Fast Company. A sought-after lecturer around the world, he is ranked in the Top 10 Global Gurus in Leadership and is ranked the number 2 Organizational Culture expert in the world. He is cofounder of FindMojo.com, and 700,000 people follow his work on LinkedIn. Learn more at chesterelton.com.