Smart companies are awakening to the fact that the workplace is a major source of stress and are taking steps to minimize the effects on their employees. Stress in the workplace can have a significant cost to employers in terms of lost productivity, increased sick days and escalating workers compensation claims all of which lead to decreased revenues. In the coming years, reducing workplace stress can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line.
When looking at the issue of workplace stress it is important to understand that not all people react to stressors in the same way. Some people are not fazed by certain causes of stress,
while others can be immobilized by the same exact circumstances. For your workforce causes of stress can include:
In addition to the physical ailments listed above, injuries due to repetitive movement can cause back, neck and shoulder and leg problems.
While these are just a few ideas to get you started, the process begins with an honest assessment of your company’s work environment. Make sure to get feedback from your managers and most importantly your workers. Also avoid the common trap that many companies fall into by beginning a process to change and then abandoning after a couple of weeks or months. Giving lip service or a lackluster attempt to change can have more serious consequences than not starting at all. Employee health and wellness programs are vital to a productive workforce. Smart companies understand this and already have these programs in place. How about you?