July 24th, 2019
Workplace stress takes a toll on the physical and mental health of many Americans. According to a report from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), excessive workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths each year and almost $190 billion in medical costs.
Physical and mental effects of workplace stress include damage to brain function, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reduced immune system function, depression and more. This is a high price to pay, and employers are tasked with finding ways to manage stress levels for their employees.
Employees who do not feel valued by their employers are at increased risk of developing disorders related to workplace stress. Dissatisfaction with low compensation or high on-the-job demands contribute to stress levels as well as goals that seems unattainable. These job stressors can produce increased levels of anxiety, anger and even depression.
Here are a few steps employee supervisors can take to help address workplace stress factors.
Provide proper training for managing on-the-job stress.
Avoid setting unrealistic goals.
Handle and resolve employee conflicts quickly and with respect to all involved.
Have an open-door policy where employees feel free to discuss any areas of concern.
Recognize employee strengths and accomplishments.
Reward employees for a job well done, and provide motivational incentives for improving job performance.
Create a work climate that encourages mutual support and teamwork among employees.
If an employee shows signs of difficulty handling workplace demands, offer assistance such as stress screening and information on ways to reduce stress. Diagnosing developing mental health problems early will allow the employee to obtain any needed therapy for stress management.
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