Americans are no stranger to workplace stress — and unfortunately, 90 percent of doctor’s office visits are associated with stress. Stress plays a significant role in a wide range of health problems, including heart issues, depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
Some of the major factors associated with workplace stress include workload, work-life balance, and job security. Whether your workplace is creating feelings of anxiety, placing strain on your relationships, or is having a negative impact on your health, it’s important to take proactive action.
Two key reports showcase the growing issues associated with workplace stress and unless preventative measures are taken, workplace stress will continue to wreak havoc on public health.
The first report, Stress at Work, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that:
In the second report, Attitudes in the American Workplace VII, it was found that:
Money and work continue to be the leading causes of stress for three-quarters of Americans. Nearly half of all Americans report that stress has a negative impact on both their professional and personal lives. However, this is just the beginning. Stress among Americans continues to affect not just work, but also personal relationships, eating habits, and sleep patterns.
As an employee, it’s important to better understand what it is that’s causing your stress. That way, you can address your personal needs. Although each case is unique, some of the ways to decrease stress include:
If you’re an employer, it’s important to understand the impact that workplace stress has on productivity, morale, and overall profit. According to the Harvard Gazette, workplace stress costs U.S. businesses $30 billion a year in lost workdays. That is why you must:
For more information on how you can combat stress, please refer to the following:
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