Stress Management in the Workplace

Stress Management in the Workplace

People often consider work to be synonomous with stress Рand it can be hazardous to your health! Stress has been linked to and often causes heart attacks, chronic fatigue syndrome, low immune system, insomnia and other related health issues.

Stress often leads to work-related problems including frequent absences, disability, and loss of productivity. Workers on average take off over 20 days a year due to stress which often causes staff turnovers. With high turnover rates, 70% of companies report that staff turnover has a negative financial impact on the company due to the significant amount of time spent trying to find new staff, the cost of training, hiring and recruiting new staff.

So what can you do to combat stress and have a more productive workplace?

1. Keep work at work. Don’t check work email when you get home at night, or on the weekends. Let yourself enjoy your time off!

2. Take a lunchbreak. Even if it’s just 20 minutes, take the time to leave the office. Grab lunch at a cafe, go for a walk or read a book in the park. Changing your surroundings, even for a little while, can help you relax and recharge!

3. Stay organized. Keep your office and desk neat so you won’t get stressed out about misplacing things. Organize your time, too. Make a plan in the morning of how you’ll spend the day and try your best to stick to your plan.

4. Consider stress management workshops. Therapist, Educator and Author Diane Lang has been working with companies for years by adding stress management workshops for improved focus, concentration, attention and creativity. For more info, check out her book Creating Balance and Finding Happiness.

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