Fri, Mar 19 | Webinar

Your Work Stress and Misaligned Role Expectations

Excessive work stress is about more than how hard you are working, what your boss is like, and fears about job security. A lot of stress is wrapped up in how our job is misaligned with our expectations for what the role should be. It's hard to know until we take the job. Here's how to improve it.

Time & Location

Mar 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

About the Event

This seminar is about how excessive work stress is linked to misaligned expectations about your role, and what can be done about it. 

Expectations are formed by previous experiences, interactions with your network, and research; and the more experienced you become, the more ingrained your expectations are likely to get. That's why expectation alignment is a critical factor in maintaining healthy and productive levels of work stress. 

This is straightforward for something like pay and compensation, where it's obvious how well your expectations align with the company's. On the other end of the spectrum, it's accepted that you have to make the most educated guess you can about something very intangible, like cultural fit. But what about the nuts and bolts of what you are doing (and not doing), how things are done in your organziation, what you are in charge of versus micromanaged on, and how the politics work? 

I will cover how to understand your own expectations, what we call "normative expectations" for people who do the work that you do, and how to lessen stress when working in your current organziation, or what to look out for in your next role to achieve better alignment. 


I specialize in work stress, and its effects on performance, retention, and turnover. My interest in work stress developed during a decade of consulting and business development positions in the US and UK; during which I interviewed hundreds of CEOs across the globe about how they built their organization, or guided it through a major transitional period. I also headhunted senior professionals in accounting, IT, and engineering; often by addressing their work stress concerns.

I have three primary goals: To help organizational leaders recognize different forms of work stress and their likely entry points; to shed light on how they can be corrosive to their mission and financial health; and to offer solutions grounded in research that will benefit the organization and its employees alike.

You can find out more about my background here

Here's a podcast episode about my work in work stress!

"Marcus led a very engaging session, with an incredible opportunity to discuss your individual questions and walk away with great suggestions for enacting positive change." - Senior HR Advisor, Outsourced HR

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"I have been impressed with the way Marcus has taken something important and elucidated the phenomena with rigorous empirical work. His ability to give voice to the drivers of workplace stress is very helpful for those of us whose work involves high amount of stress on a day-to-day basis. Marcus brings actionable strategies to bear to reduce the burden and not merely treat the symptoms." - Dr. Peter Boumgarden, Koch Family Professor of Practice in Family Enterprise; Director of the Koch Family Center for Family Enterprise; Academic Director of the Center for Experiential Learning. Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

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