An alignment of interests, commitment to long-term success, understanding what makes employees function best — that's what separates highly effective organizations from the rest of the pack.

This message comes through loud and clear from a Towers Watson survey and its accompanying narrative regarding stress in the workplace. The study — the 2013/2014 Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey — offers data demonstrating that, at most organizations, employers and their workers are far apart when asked to identify the causes of workplace stress.

But more important, the study paints a picture of what a highly effective organization looks like from a behavioral and strategic standpoint. And this sort of what-went-right-information may be more powerful to share than the disconnects.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.