Project Management

How to Increase Well-Being in Project Environments

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Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is a leading expert in project management and strategy implementation, recognized by Thinkers50 with the prestigious award “Ideas into Practice.” He is the creator of concepts like The Project Economy and the Project Manifesto. He is author of Lead Successful Projects (2019, Penguin) The Project Revolution (2019, LID) and The Focused Organization (2012 Gower). He has been teaching project management for more than a decade to senior executives at Duke CE, Skolkovo, Solvay Business School, and Vlerick. Antonio has held executive PMO positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, BNP Paribas, and GlaxoSmithKline. Former Chairman of the Project Management Institute, he is the co-founder of the Strategy Implementation Institute and the global movement Brightline.

Experts say that the prevalence of mental illness has reached an all-time high in the United States, even prompting the White House to develop a strategy to address the issue. Depression has become increasingly common since the pandemic's beginning, affecting one out of every three Americans. Many people left their jobs because they had burnt out and became overwhelmed, prompting the Great Resignation.

In the fast-paced world of projects and project management, mental health and well-being often take a backseat. However, as a project manager, it is crucial for you to recognize the prevalence of mental illness and its impact on project team members. This article delves into project professionals' challenges in the Project Economy and offers best practices to foster mental well-being within your project environment.

Challenges of the Project Economy
The rise of the Project Economy, characterized by organizations relying heavily on projects and project-based work, has brought forth unique challenges that can significantly affect mental well-being. The main ones are:

  1. Increased workload and pressure: Imagine being a project manager overseeing three large-scale projects simultaneously. The overlapping deadlines and demanding deliverables put immense pressure on you, leading to elevated stress levels and a compromised work/life balance. As a project manager, you …

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