Reducing Workplace Stress Is Vital for Safety, Retention, Production

  by    0   0
During our economic recovery one element that has been persistent is that employers are trying to get more out of their workers than ever before. And while most managers and owners try to ensure that their workers are provided a safe workplace and put a premium on reducing the chances of accidents, one often overlooked area is employee stress. Heaping too much stress or too many responsibilities on a single employee can greatly increase their chances of not only burnout, but also making costly mistakes. A worse-case scenario is that if they are engaged in more labor-intensive occupations, too much stress can lead to accidents. Think your employees aren’t stressed? A recent study by Mental Health America, “Mind the Workplace,” found that:
  • 81% of employees think that job stress affects their relationships with family and friends, at least sometimes.
  • 63% think that their workplace is unhelpful or hostile such that they want to work alone.
  • 66% don’t trust their co-workers or team to support their work activities.
  • 17% believe that their company appropriately deals with employees who don’t do their job.
There are a number of consequences for an overly stressful work environment:
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Other medical issues
  • Depression
  • Worsened productivity
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Making mistakes
  • Causing accidents
  • Absenteeism and presenteeism.

What you can do

All of the above can have a detrimental effect on your workplace and worker health, as stress can lead to a myriad of health issues. Employers have to wrestle with a fine balancing act of requiring employees to meet quotas and complete all of their tasks, and pushing them too hard. Here are a few tips to help reduce stress among your workforce:
  • Recognize your workers for a job well done.
  • Be supportive of workers experiencing hard times, like paid time off and assistance with their workload.
  • Make sure that management treats everyone fairly and does not show favoritism.
  • Set realistic, clear goals and expectations of your staff.
  • Management should lead by example, meaning that they should display the same work ethic that they expect of their staff.
  • Promote a safe work environment and have supervisors and management reinforce your commitment to safety.
  • Hold everyone accountable for their work.
  • Encourage mindfulness in your team.
  • Offer flexible work schedules.
  • Encourage your employees to get up and move regularly.
  • Provide an employee assistance plan as part of your benefits package.


Related Posts

DOL Issues New Joint Employer Rules to Ease Burden on Businesses

The Department of Labor has proposed a sweeping new rule that will make it much easier for employers to be compliant with laws governing the use of independent contractors, staffing agencies and temp workers. Joint employment liability has become increasingly murky in light of the gig economy and more employers using staffing agencies and outside […]

READ MORE →

Don’t Overlook Equipment Breakdown Insurance

Imagine it’s a typical July day. You own a 30,000-square-foot office building that is 85% occupied. And the air conditioning and ventilation systems stop working. The outside temperature is in the 90’s and the humidity is high. It doesn’t take long before the tenants start to complain. The contractor you summon determines that an electrical […]

READ MORE →

Commercial Auto Rates Face New Headwinds

Trucks, Route 66, California, USAMore accidents attributed to smartphone use while driving, coupled with much higher costs of repairs, have led to double-digit increases in commercial auto insurance rates over the past few years. Distracted driving is just one of many factors that have converged on commercial auto insurance claims, resulting in sustained premium increases. Now there are new […]

READ MORE →

As Health Deductibles Rise, Employees More Likely to File Workers’ Comp Claims: Study

Scales on white backgroundSometimes, injured employees are afraid to file a workers’ comp claim after being injured at work because they fear the specter of retaliation by their employer. Experts suspect that up to 10% of workplace injuries are never reported because the workers choose to have the injuries covered by their employer-sponsored health plans. Most employers may […]

READ MORE →

OSHA Not Letting Up on Inspections, Penalties

industrial safetyDespite expectations, Fed-OSHA under the Trump administration has not backed off on enforcing workplace safety regulations. In fact, the agency is as aggressive as ever and citations are higher than ever as well, after fines were increased substantially three years ago. Based on the agency’s own statistics, a company that’s inspected has only a 25% […]

READ MORE →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top