Looking for the cure to workplace stress? Look to your Managers.

I found this picture in the local rag this week - maybe you know the kind - small town musings from the neighbour around the corner, bringing us up to speed on who traveled where, what's happening at the library and who showed up at the latest community event.

First this picture made me laugh, which of course, was the intention. It's a lighthearted poke at the reality we face: work carries stress, and wouldn't it be nice to have the option of just avoiding it altogether??

I snapped a picture and used it as a fun intro to a workshop on workplace stress...and then this silly little picture just kept rolling around in my mind and would not let go. I started reflecting on all that is wrong with our workplaces to make this funny.

It's funny because it's true.

And it's sad because it's true when it doesn't need to be!

The American Institute for Stress reports that 80% of American workers experience stress because of poor communication practices by their employers (source: In my world of building management effectiveness, I also know the following:

A recent study by says 58% of Managers don't receive any management training