6 Methods to Reduce Employee Anxiety

Study: Wake Up An Hour Earlier, Cut Your Depression Risk By 23 Percent

Anyone who’s not a morning person knows how patently wrong the 9-to-5 schedule of the world can feel. After all, the early bird gets the worm, and the Snooze button (a least to us non-morning people) is less a simple extension of sleep, and more an opioid-like drip of shelter for five more minutes from the hellish break of day.

 The study found that moving back one’s bedtime by only an hour — and sleeping the same amount —could knock 23 percent off their risk for depression

So we’ll take all the motivation we can get — like this new finding, that waking up an hour earlier can cut your depression risk by 23 percent.

Yes, that’s right: 23 percent. The study, published this week in JAMA Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, Harvard, and MIT.

“And while a night owl attempting to become a morning person faces an uphill battle, it’s entirely possible that with a little bit of work, it’s a change most of us are more than capable of making.”

They combed over the genetic data of over 800,000 subjects from 23andMe and UK Biobank (data that’s been described as the “world’s largest imaging sample” in a recent study correlating any amount of drinking to brain damage). Of these subjects, 85,000 of them wore sleep trackers. Another 250,000 of them filled out sleep preference surveys, in which participants self-identified as larks (or morning people), night owls, or whatever’s in between…

6 Methods to Reduce Employee Anxiety

Over my years as an adviser to new businesses and startups, I have learned that the only certainty that I can offer entrepreneurs is the fact they will face many uncertainties.

So my first advice is that if you can’t handle uncertainty, don’t even start down that road. On the other hand, entrepreneurs have a reputation for being one of the happiest and healthiest career paths around.

Good job descriptions are a start, but regular feedback and active listening are a must.

Your team members, despite what you may think is reasonable, often suffer more than you as a founder from uncertainty in the workplace. However, I’m convinced that you can mitigate many of these anxieties by your actions, so I was pleased to see similar insights in a new book, Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done.

Authors Adrian Gostick and Chestor Elton, with their deep backgrounds as executive coaches and organizational consultants, recommend some simple methods, consistent with my own beliefs, to reduce the pain of uncertainty, and increase productivity, in your teams and employees…

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