According to this great New York Times article, the pressure to succeed is making school children experience anxiety and depression at alarmingly high rates and alarmingly young ages. The data in this article begs the question – if children in school are experiencing these levels of stress, what effects are our workplaces having on us? Last year, a Harvard study found that over 120,000 annual deaths in North America can be attributed to workplace stress in some way. If our school cultures are focused on getting into colleges above all else, as reflected in this article, then what are our workplace cultures focused on, and how is it impacting employees?
Art Credit: Lale Westvind for NYT