While some amount of stress in the workplace is essential for productive performance, excessively stressed employees greatly impact the health of an organization. The impact of stressed employees on the organization is a major human capital issue.
meQuilibrium’s recent research findings demonstrate that 78 percent of people categorize their current stress levels at medium to very high. Furthermore, 31 percent admit to missing work due to stress. When asked what excuses they use to miss work, responses range from saying they were sick (81 percent), to needing a mental health day (32 percent) or claiming there was a family emergency (20 percent).
This survey by meQuilibrium was conducted on more than 1,200 individuals, who indicated that more than 40 percent of respondents have quit a job due to stress. Jan Bruce, CEO and Co-founder of meQuilibrium states, “Leading-edge thinking in human resources dictates: Take care of your employees and they’ll take better care of your business. Stress threatens their well-being profoundly and resilience is the most successful antidote to stress in the workplace.”
As further evidence, the National Business Group on Health/Towers Watson 2013/2014 Staying@Work™ Survey finds, 78 percent of employers identify stress as the top risk factor for their workforce, leading to lost productivity due to unplanned absence.
Data from meQuilibrium’s book of business, along with data from a study validating the meQuilibrium assessment against several well-established psychometric tools, show employees that exhibit higher levels of resilience are more likely to be present, more productive, more engaged and less likely to leave their jobs.
Key findings indicate that 81 percent of employees with high resilience scores, missed no days at work over a 30-day period, and resilient employees are 50 percent less likely to report intent to quit.
Bruce concludes, “Resilience helps people reframe challenges to minimize their stress-related effects and to feel more confident and empowered, ultimately improving productivity and engagement while reducing absenteeism and turnover.”
Here are some quick easy tips to reduce stress levels at work:
If you’re struggling with day to day workload and pressures, these tips will help you manage and reduce stress effectively.
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