C.S. Lewis once said, “Good and evil increase at compound interest. That’s why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance. the smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may go on to victories you never dreamed of” This quote came to mind as I pondered today’s book. Just as the good things we do compound over time, so too do the not-so-good things, it was jinn Dryden who wrote first we make our habits then our habits make us. This is the case for the daily stresses we tolerate, our guest calls these microstresses. “Microstress: tiny moments of stress triggered by people in our personal and professional lives; stresses so routine that we barely register them but whose cumulative toll is debilitating.” In its annual State of the Workplace survey, Gallup concluded that only 33 per cent of those surveyed were“thriving” in their well-being, with 44 per cent of employees reporting experiencing “a lot” of stress in a typical workday—a record high.1 But little recognised or adequately studied is the toll of this new form of stress.
The toll is so subtle that we barely register it, but the cumulative effect can derail even high performers, both personally and professionally. We welcome the author of “The Microstress Effect” Karen Dillon