Gallup recently announced the results of its 2013 State of the American Workplace report, which found that stress continues to be a pervasive influence in the American workplace. Seven out of 10 respondents admitted to being either disengaged or miserable at work, and nearly two-thirds cited their jobs as a significant source of anxiety. Those figures are no coincidence: stressed out workers are less productive and less motivated. In fact, the more we research its effects, the more we learn just how ubiquitous stress can be.
1. Morale can drive profit
A positive workplace culture can have a strong effect on not only how employees view the company, but also how they view each other. Healthy workers are more prolific and happier, and devoting active resources to fostering emotional IQ can pay strong dividends, by promoting teamwork and encouraging idea-sharing. When asked in a Pulse survey, more than three-fourths of respondents agreed that their jobs were positively affected by managers who took this into account.
2. Stress can affect physical and mental health
Not only have researchers linked stress to poorer cardiovascular health, they've also identified a correlation with depression, proving that it can have a negative impact on mind and body. This also suggests that programs that just target the secondary symptoms are shortsighted. To really enact long term positive change in your employee health and corporate culture, stress management has to be a priority.
3. Well-being is a worthwhile goal
For too long, the business community presumed that emotional and physical well-being were irrelevant to performance, or, at best, secondary. Now, managers are starting to get a much keener understanding of the ways it's actually an axiomatic driver of productivity and profitability. According to CIPD, a UK Human Resources organization, in the last year alone, there was a 20 percent increase in the number of companies using stress reduction as its own performance metric.
Essi Systems understands the many ways that negative stress can manifest itself and undermine an otherwise high-performing organization. That's why we offer proven, business-tested human capital solutions specifically designed to help companies target employee stress and build workforce resiliency. Essi's 21 Day Club technology platform provides individual and organizational stress and resiliency assessments and continuous self-improvement tools so every employee can measure and manage individual stressors to build their energy, health and performance.