Business Trends: Stress in the Workplace
Stress has become a widespread problem in the workforce. Take today’s economy. Downsizing, layoffs, mergers, and bankruptcies have cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs. Even those who do stay with their jobs often deal in an atmosphere of uncertainty, taking on new duties, and shifting to unfamiliar tasks to make up for the changing workforce.
While some workplace stress is normal and even keeps you on your toes, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact both your emotional and your physical health. Work-related stress develops when a person is unable to cope with the demands being placed on them. Stress can also be attributed as a significant cause of illness.
Stress hurts more than just the individual. Severe stress cripples productivity, and has been linked to absenteeism, illness, staff turnovers, and errors at work. Stress is also non-discriminant. It spares no individual, hitting all industries at every level, from entry level employees to the highest executive.
Employees’ well-being the key to managing stress- the healthier your employees are, the better able they are able to tackle stress. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are great stress relievers.
From a managerial stand point, flexibility is key. Working with your co-workers to help them through difficult bouts of stress can help them cope better. Be sympathetic, and arrange a confidential meeting if necessary to discuss any problems. Consider offering the person more flexible working hours, and help talk through some stress management strategies. And putting prevention tactics in place can help minimize the problem in the future. Work-life balance initiatives, time management training, and wellness programs can all help ease the burdens brought on by stress.
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Source: Health & Safety Executive