HR Tip of the Week: Workplace Stress is on the Rise
A 2019 Colonial Life study of 1,500 full-time employees revealed some interesting insights about the employee stress and work productivity. The study revealed that more than 50 percent of employees believe they lose between 1 and 5 hours of work to stress each week. Further research indicates that employee stress levels have risen 20% over the last three decades.
Employers can’t always control the factors that lead to stress in the workplace. But there are some resources employers can provide workers to address some of the most common causes of stress, which are jobs, finances, and health-related issues. Here are some ideas to promote emotional well being and mental health in the workplace:
• Enhance communication of available services such as an Employee Assistance Programs
• Provide telehealth services for behavioral health, mobile health apps for mindfulness and stress reduction, and fitness and financial wellbeing programs or membership discounts
• Promote work-life balance through use of flexible work arrangements, PTO and other paid leave programs such as paid parental leave
• Prioritize a supportive and psychologically safe work environment