Written by Michael Stahl.
As a manager or leader, the well-being of your staff should be of utmost importance. Workplace stress is detrimental to the overall health and productivity of employees. In recognition of April being National Stress Awareness Month, the following strategies help foster a reduced-stress environment with engaged employees.
Understand the Negative Effects of Stress
A 2012 study that monitored about 22,000 women over the course of 10 years showed that work-related stress significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. The long hours associated with high-stress jobs present further health problems, which was shown in another study: “Employees who work long hours have a higher risk of stroke than those working standard hours.” Furthermore, stress can lead to weight gain, with 77 percent of workers in stressful roles reporting they “feel they are overweight,” according to a CareerBuilder survey.
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