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- It’s no secret that stress in America is spiraling out of control, and you probably already know that stress isn't great for your employees or your business. That's why more and more employers are taking proactive steps to help employees manage stress at work. In fact, employer-sponsored on-site stress management programs are popping up in workplaces that range from tech giants to accounting firms to government contractors. Comprehensive stress management programs for employees – like the ones offered by Strive – are an efficient way to boost employee health and wellness while also increasing engagement and productivity.To understand how a workplace stress management program can benefit your workforce, you first need to understand exactly what stress is and how it negatively affects your employees. In medical terms, “stress” is your body’s reaction to any type of change. Whether it's physical or mental, positive or negative, anything that makes your body adjust is considered stress. Of course, in practical terms, stress is generally considered to be negative and often refers to anything that puts your body or your mind under strain or tension. That could be family issues, money concerns, or any number of the worries caused by work.The negative effects of stress are wide-reaching and can impact not only your health but also your attitude and behavior. Stress-related health issues include everything from headaches and insomnia to stomach and chest pains to reduced sex drive. Stress can also cause mental health issues – increasing anxiety and anger or resulting in sadness and depression. To cope with stress, you may find yourself overeating, turning to drugs or alcohol to relax, or even prone to violent outbursts.There are a number of factors that contribute to stress in America, but one of the most common is workplace stress. In fact, 61% of Americans report feeling stressed about work, with 73% experiencing regular physiological symptoms and 77% experiencing regular physical symptoms. What is it that’s causing all this stress at work? Surveys have found the top causes of workplace stress include:
The consequences of feeling stressed at work are particularly-alarming. Yelling, crying, and even physical violence have all been attributed to workplace stress – and 54% of workers reported fighting with friends or family because of work-related tension. Stress is also a factor in 60-80% of workplace accidents, which often occur when workers are fatigued or distracted.Of course, stress has an impact not only on employees but also on employers:
- Difficult work
- Inconsistent hours/long workdays
- Limited resources
- Having no control
- Tight deadlines
- Unreasonable workload
Employers need to be proactive about helping employees deal with workplace stress – which is why so many are turning to onsite workplace stress management programs. For those who have started to take steps to reduce employee stress at work, the results have been overwhelmingly positive: In some cases, employee turnover has dropped to 6%, compared the national average of 38%. At employers where stress management programs are in place, only 19% of employees report feeling chronic stress – compared to the national average of 35% - and employees report feeling significantly higher rates of job satisfaction.So what exactly are companies including in these stress management programs that are yielding such great results? Companies have added everything from complimentary yoga classes to paid time off and telecommuting options to seminars and training programs that teach stress management techniques. One tech giant added three wellness centers to its campus and offers employees thousands of hours of free massages. Some companies have adopted dogs to help decrease employee anxiety, and many have incorporated breathing or meditation classes. The options are limitless, but experts recommend that to be effective, employer-sponsored stress reduction programs include:
- Across the globe, nearly one million workers per day miss work due to a stress-related issue.
- Employers pay $602 per year for each employee who misses work.
- Healthcare costs for stressed workers are 42% higher than for their non-stressed counterparts.
- Employers lose $300 billion annually in absenteeism, turnover and lower productivity.
- In recent years, some workers have even gone as far as suing employers for stress-related workers compensation claims.
When it comes to implementing onsite employer-sponsored stress management programs for the workplace, Strive makes it easy. You’ll be assigned a personal program coordinator as your single point of contact to take care of all the details – from customizing your program to finding licensed practitioners to handling the implementation and invoicing. You'll even get marketing materials to support your program – along with reports that can track employee participation and engagement so that you can adjust your program at any point in the process. Best of all, Strive's employer stress management programs can be incorporated into any other Strive program or service – so all your employee wellness needs will be handled in one place.STRIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT SERVICES:
- Adding activities specifically designed to release stress, like yoga classes or massages
- Providing healthy snacks to fuel employee bodies and minds
- Organized exercise, like group classes or regularly-schedule walks
- Positive messaging and communication
- Flexibility and fun
- Mindfulness/meditation classes
- MBSR program
- Breathing/relaxation classes
- On-site chair massage services
- Yoga classes
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