3 3People report…44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did 5 years ago1 in 5 Americans report “Extreme Stress” – Shaking, Heart Palpitations, Depression56.3% of employees report stress has caused difficulty focusing on tasksOver 14% report missing days at work or being late due to stress21% report stress has caused them to make errors or miss deadlinesStress-related ailments costs the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity75 -90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related illness/diseaseStress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness/disease40% of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy foods44% of stressed people lose sleep every nightStress is linked to the six leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicideSources: "
6 Workplace issues highly affected by stress… 6Workplace issues highly affected by stress…Health Care:82% of employers report health care costs are significantly or moderately affected by worker stress.Absenteeism:70% of employers report significant or moderate affect by worker stress.Workplace Safety:77% of employers cited significant or moderate impact from stress.Source: “Stress in the Workplace,” Buck Consultants Survey, worldatwork.org.
8 8What can you do?Be sure middle management is trained for awareness of performance issues; monitoring and regular interaction with employeesEncourage use of your Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Implement wellness programming that promotes overall wellness and teaches practical stress management techniquesReview HR policies addressing flexibility, PTO, attendance, FMLA
9 What other organizations are doing to address workplace stress… 978% say the most common resource used to address stress is their EAP. EAPs help employees deal with personal problems that may negatively affect work performance and overall well-being.46% offer work-life balance programs45% offer leadership training on worker stress45% offer on-site healthy lifestyle programs43% offer a fitness center38% offer physical activity programs35% have stress awareness campaigns30% offer financial management classes29% offer personal health/lifestyle management coachingSource: “Stress in the Workplace,” Buck Consultants Survey, worldatwork.org.
10 10A Natural PartnershipStress management and wellness initiatives go hand-in-hand.When planning wellness programs, be sure to include some practical suggestions for stress management.A recent study presented in Mental Health Works, Fourth Quarter 2012, offered the following suggestions for programming that can be implemented to teach employees how to care for the self in terms of stress reduction methods:
11 Stress Management Toolbox 11Stress Management ToolboxCognitive Behavior TherapyAn approach used to assist in changing negative thoughts, thus changing the emotional state. A study showed that burnout was related to irrational thinking and by disarming irrational beliefs, you can foster professional growth and decrease workplace stress.
12 Stress Management Toolbox 12Stress Management ToolboxPositive PsychologyA relatively new field of psychology that teaches learned optimism. The idea is that a capacity for happiness and well-being can be cultivated through gratitude journaling.
13 Stress Management Toolbox 13Stress Management ToolboxMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)An approach that promotes nonjudgmental awareness of moment-to-moment sensations, experiences and reactions. MBSR uses meditation techniques that promote relaxation and stress reduction.
14 Stress Management Toolbox 14Stress Management ToolboxThe Relaxation ResponseAnother highly effective tool closely related to MBSR that reduces stress. The relaxation response is a state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress – decreases heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing and muscle tension.