Stress at work can be the cause of employees’ psychological, physical, and emotional symptoms, according to a recent infographic from OfficeVibe.
Almost 50 percent of workers feel stress has increased over the past five years; one-third feel they are living with extreme stress in their lives.
Stress isn’t just a problem for employees. Lost work days and treating and managing the effects of stress is a $300 billion/year cost to employers.
Check out the key takeaways for the infographic.
From lack of sleep to unhappiness in the workplace to the emotional, physical, and psychological symptoms, stress has an impact on employees and their interactions with others.
- $300 billion/year: annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work
- 77 percent of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress
- 73 percent of people regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress
- 33 percent feel they are living with extreme stress
- 48 percent feel their stress has increased over the past five years
- 76 percent cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress
- 48 percent reported lying awake at night due to stress
- 54 percent said stress has caused them to fight with people close to them
- 60 percent of 26,000 workers in the United States were so unhappy with their current jobs that they would prefer to choose a new career
- 87 percent of workers worldwide are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive
- Unhappy workers are 10 percent less productive
Manage Stress at the Workplace
There are a number of ways you can take control and reduce your overall stress and better manage it at work. Check out these activities:
- Focus with sound
- Say good morning
- Use a stress ball
- Mentor a new employee
- Compliment someone
- Smile at a colleague
- Go outside during break
- Eat away from your desk
- Eat a healthy breakfast
What have you found useful for reducing stress at the workplace?