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Stress Busters: Ways to keep you
and your employees stress free
On the job stress. It can take several forms, affecting well-being and
profitability. According to the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), job stress is
defined as the harmful responses that occur when the requirements of the job do
not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the worker.
Stress can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, psychological
disorders, workplace injuries and other health problems. Some early warning
signs include headaches, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, job
dissatisfaction and low morale.
The result of stress on your business is two-fold, meaning it affects you as
well as your employees. Research conducted by NIOSH reveals that
one-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one cause of illnesses in
their lives. Factors such as heavy workloads, conflicting or uncertain job
responsibilities and job insecurity can impact your employees' ability to do
their job. Early warning signs are increased absenteeism, tardiness and
disability claims—all things that can reduce your company's productivity and
How can you prevent this stress? Smart, strategic action can reduce your
employees' stress. Examples of this include defining workers' roles and
responsibilities clearly, which puts them at ease about their role with the
business; opening lines of communication by offering workers the chance to
participate in decisions about their jobs; and providing opportunities for
social interaction with coworkers through events such as attending sporting
events, sponsoring a golf outing or holding a barbecue.
Now that you know the proper way to deal with everyone else's stress, how
do you alleviate your own? Some ways to deal with stress on a daily basis is by
exercising, eating healthy and getting a good night's sleep. Sounds too easy,
but by adhering to the small consistent things in your life, you'll be able to
better deal with the unexpected.
Another way to deal with on the job stress is by getting off the job. Whether
it's a small one or two-day trip for golf, sightseeing or pure relaxation, or
a week's vacation to get away from it all, take the time necessary to recharge
so you can come back to the job mentally rested.
For more information on how to successfully deal with stress, call NIOSH's
toll-free number, 1.800.35.NIOSH or visit its Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh.
Early Warning Signs of Job Stress
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Short temper
- Upset stomach
- Job dissatisfaction
- Low morale
Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than
a generation ago.
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