According to the American Institute of Stress, work is the reason for 46 percent of all stress reported by adults in the U.S., but the level of work stress varies significantly based on job title and location.
In addition to being troubling on a personal level, stress can also have an adverse effect on the bottom line of the company. In fact, a Harvard study found workplace stress costs U.S. companies as much as $190 billion annually in absenteeism, turnover, reduced productivity and healthcare costs.
Clearly, it’s important from both a personal and a business standpoint, to have less stress and more fun at work. Below are a few reasons your company should push back against workplace stress and make your workplace more enjoyable.
A Healthy Culture
Focusing on employee wellness is easier said than done; it often gets superseded by challenging deadlines and company goals. Fortunately, focusing on wellness doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul of company culture and systems.
Changing up routine tasks can go a long way to reducing stress. For instance, turning office meetings into walking meetings, company-wide participation in fun runs or staging volunteer efforts can go a long way to making employees feel good about themselves and their job. These activities can also build stronger relationships between management and staff, as well as build camaraderie among employees.
Small breaks are essential to the rhythms of a workplace. They put everyone on the same page and help strengthen both creativity and focus, creating a more useful workforce. A recent Harvard study found those who took breaks at least every 90 minutes noted a 40 percent boost in creative thinking metrics and a 28 percent boost in concentration. Study respondents suggested activities like listening to music, doodling or browsing the web actually boosted their company’s productivity.
Talent Sourcing and Retention
While previous generations might have had more of a “work hard, play hard” approach to life, younger professionals care more about a work-life balance. Furthermore, millennials have grown up in a time in which they are always connected. They want to be able to do work outside the workplace, and they also see the value in stepping away whenever possible to stay motivated.
Employers that develop a flexible workplace, where workers are given the chance to balance work and life, are creating a culture that’s more appealing. Prospective talent will take notice, and current workers will feel they are in a positive work culture. Businesses that neglect to live up to employees’ expectations around work-life equilibrium will find it difficult to attract and keep talent.
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