Alarming facts about stress at work
Stress is an expensive problem for businesses in America. It is very rare that one doesn`t get impacted by stress in the workplace. Following there are some facts about the impact of stress in the American work force. These points can be compared to other countries and nations.
- Those who work longer hours (a twelve hour day) increase their risk of injury and illness by 37% over those who work fewer hours.
- One study done by Northwestern National Life showed that one quarter of people interviewed consider their job the most stressful thing in their lives.
- Another study by St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company showed that health complaints are more tied to problems at work than any other stressor in life.
- It is also estimated that 50% of absenteeism in the workplace, and 20% of the nation’s heart disease results from stress.
- The World Health Organization has predicted that by 2020 stress-related health conditions will be responsible for five of the top ten of the world’s medical problems.
Typical warning signs of excessive stress in the workplace may include: Constant anxiety, loss of interest in work, loss of concentration, muscle tension, social withdrawal, loss of sex drive, and use of alcohol or drugs to cope.
In many cases, employees are unlikely to report their stress or their stressors because they believe it is unimportant and won’t gain any attention from the employer. Instead, they tend to stifle their stress, which just allows it to fester and grow. The fact is that employers should be on the look-out for ways to reduce stress for their employees. What if a great deal of employee stress could be eliminated by simple changes like adding a sound-barrier wall between co-workers or making sure that your employees’ chairs are correctly positioned for them at their desks? Or what if you could generate a significant reduction in stress for your staff by simply praising them sincerely when they do something well?
If you want to learn more about different types of stress, or how to cope with stress, read “Managing Stress” by MTD Training.