Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? There’s no better time to focus on the effects of stress on both individuals and businesses. Workplace stress can have a massive impact on a company’s bottom line. In fact, job stress is estimated to cost U.S. employers more than $300 billion a year in losses due to absenteeism, diminished productivity, and accidents. That’s a staggering amount of money!
While some stress is normal, too much stress can be harmful. Stress can cause or worsen many health problems, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
So, what can you do to prevent job stress from affecting your bottom line? First, it’s essential to identify the causes of stress in your workplace. Are the stressors physical or psychological? Is it the noise level? The outdated office chairs? Are you setting unrealistic demands? Or maybe you’re inadvertently conveying the message to your employees that their job is not secure?
Once you know the root cause or causes of their stress, you can start to put systems in place to address it. Change isn’t always easy, but creating a healthy work environment will ultimately benefit your employees and your business.
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