"The vast majority of American workers say they are stressed, more than a 1/3 say that their job is harming their physical or emotional well-being, 42% say job pressures are interfering with their family or personal lives, and half report more demanding workloads than they had a year ago." as stated in "Attitudes in the American Workplace VII," by The Marlin Company, a North Haven, CT.
This same survey also states that the number of employees calling in sick because of stress tripled from 1996 to 2000. An estimated 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress. 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and nearly 1/2 say they need help in learning how to manage stress.
Stress increases workplace accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal, and insurance costs, along with workers’ compensation awards to the tune of $300 billion annually for US industries.
So what can organizations do about this growing problem?
Professional Intelligence plays a significant role in reducing workplace stress. Communication through management is the first tool of stress prevention. Professional communication has become as casual as khaki Friday's!
5 Ways Your Organization Can Put a Dent in Workplace Stress
1. Management needs to keep communication lines open and discuss those issues that are effecting
workers whether it concerns workloads, turnarounds or office relationships.
2. Job descriptions and work expectations should be clearly defined and agreed to by staff.
3. Management needs ensure that trust in them is at a premium. Keeping their word is paramount.
4. Understand the needs of the different generations within your workplace. Millennials will need more
feedback more often than Generation Xer's.
5. Create an environment of support and family which assists employees feel as those people have their
Share below how your organization fends off stress in its employees!
A P.I. culture can lessen stress in employees and help to increase the organizations bottom line.