Stress in the Workplace: A Look at the Statistics & Tips on How to Alleviate This Costly Problem

work-management-907669_640All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

We’re all familiar with this idea. But we may not take it into consideration in our work environments. And that’s a mistake, according to new survey results from the American Institute of Stress.

“Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades,” according to AIS. “Increased levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders.”

The AIS research discovered that 43 percent of working adults suffer some kind of stress-related health effects, and that same amount say they lose at least an hour of productivity each day due to stress.

“Every business wants to be the best and with that comes an intense emphasis on over achievement, resulting in a stress filled corporate culture,” notes a compass Recruiting Software blog on the study. “People who take their contributions to their company this seriously are admirable, no doubt. But how serious is too serious?”

To motivate employees without stressing them out, compass suggests organizations discourage work after hours, offer regular tips to employees on where they excel and in which areas they may need to improve, provide monthly assessments on employee output vs. their productivity goals, give workers enough work to keep them busy but not so much that they’re always underwater, and encourage feedback.

(If your company has a story to tell about how it’s creating a more ideal workplace environment, TMCnet wants to hear your story. For more details visit our Tech Culture Award 2016 site.)

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