Coping With Fear and Anxiety at Work

Coping With Fear and Anxiety at Work

Coping With Fear and Anxiety at Work

Frozen Fear 37% of workplace projects have been blocked by company management due to fear.

Did you know that the workplace is filled with fear and anxiety? Some workers walk on eggshells, in a panic over whether they'll get called out for bad performance, lose their job … or even have a spider creep up their arm. How thick is the paranoia? Well, there are employees who actually believe that the office copier is plotting against them. (We're not kidding!) These and other startling revelations are included in a recent survey from Mozy by EMC, an online data-backup and access-solutions provider. The resulting report, "Irrational Fears and the Cloud," presents a mix of both serious business findings and ones intended to inspire a few chuckles. But the underlying message remains: Organizations can't allow unwarranted fears to thwart their potential. "Business and technology leaders need to be enablers—not roadblocks—if they want their companies to succeed in difficult economic circumstances," says Gytis Barzdukas, senior director of product management at Mozy. "Irrational fears associated with innovation, collaboration and the use of new technology like cloud services hold companies back. Businesses need to look at the benefits and risks of innovation, and stay up to speed with new developments that make adoption safer." An estimated 550 IT decision-makers and 1,250 office workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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