“My job stresses me out.” We’ve all said it. It is something we can identify with at some point in our careers. Work can definitely incite stress. But for some, work-induced stress is worse than others. Unfortunately, work-related stress directly impacts the core of a company. Its success wanes as the health of its employee wanes. Knowing this, it is important to understand your worksite and how it may elicit stress on those who work there. 

Here are some statistics on work-induced stress:

·         1 in 4 people considers their job to be their main cause of stress.

·         Work environments and working practices are the most common contributing factors to work-related stress.

·         The cost of work- stress in the American industry is estimated at $150 billion per year. This includes:

o   Absenteeism

o   Lower productivity

o   Health insurance

o   Medical expenses

·         Stress manifests itself both physically and emotionally. Some of the symptoms of stress include:

o   High-blood pressure

o   Anxiety

o   Headaches

o   Muscle pain

o   Anger/frustration

o   Heart disease

o   Depression

Solve the problem

So, how can you reduce stress where you work? This is an excellent question and one that may take some time and energy to answer.

The most common action to reduce work-related stress is through the introduction of a stress prevention program. While the programs vary in nature and extent to each company, the goal is the same: diagnosis and solve the issue. 

On a very broad-scale, these typical programs include in-depth exploration to identify the stress-inducing issue either in individual or group discussions. Once the nature and the scope of the stress-inducing issue are identified, the next stage prompts organizational change for the problems existing to improve the working environment.

Then comes the waiting. An organizational adjustment may take quite some time before the stress-inducing issue is resolved. 

At Examinetics, we recognize work-induced stress affects your time, your money, and your people. If you notice stressors in your workplace, take action today. It is always important to remember the physical and emotional health of your staff remains as valuable as the productivity of your company.

 

Essential Links

 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Stress…at Work

 Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational stress”
US Dept of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational stress”.

 Business Owner Briefing
Job Stress Network: Reducing Occupational Stress. An Introductory Guide for Managers, Supervisors and Union Members

 Medical Director Review
Worksite Characteristics and Environmental and Policy Support for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in New York State. Brissette et al., 2008

International Labour Organization 
Developing a Workplace Stress Prevention Programme

 

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This is business-to-business information intended for EHS (environmental health and safety) professionals and not intended for the final consumer. Companies should check the local regulatory status of any claim according to their individual needs, requirements and intended use.