from the Turning Good People Into Top Talent blog series By Bob Moore, CMC Today’s blog is a continuation of Tuesday’s blog. Workplace Stress Research In a Forbes Magazine article, Michael Blanding, a senior writer for Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, reported on a study that found our work can literally make us sick. Long hours, impossible demands from bosses, and uncertain job security can take their toll on our mental and physical well-being, leading to stress-induced aches and pains and anxiety. In extreme cases, the consequences can be worse—heart disease, high blood pressure, alcoholism, and mental illness. This body of research shows that workplace stress is very bad for health and indicates that our health costs are way above that of other countries. Other findings indicate that workplace stress contributes to at least 120,000 deaths and anywhere from $125 to $190 billion dollars a year—representing 5 to 8 percent of national spending on health care. All of these numbers point to conclusions that they suspected—that workplace stress is a significant contributor to both health problems and costs. Joel Goh, Harvard Business School assistant professor of business administration, says that the workplace is where we spend a lot of the time—a third of our day. Employers can help address these problems by making changes to their management and operations structures. It’s in the employers’ best interest to look into this connection, both for the good of their employees and for the good of their own organizations. Contributors and Consequences of High Levels of Workplace Stress Here are seven indicators of high levels of workplace stress:
- High levels of absenteeism and illness
- Low employee morale
- High level of staff turnover
- Low levels of employee engagement
- Customer complaints
- Low productivity and efficiency
- Negative impact on bottom line profits
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