Profitability suffers when workers are overstressed. Loss of productivity, absenteeism, disengagement, turnover, and increased healthcare costs from the many health issues stress can cause like heart disease, obesity, depression, and diabetes just to name a few.
In a recent survey released by Keas, 41% of respondents report having above average levels of stress. Of those, 72% are women. The result of this stress is disengagement, with more than three in four employees reporting feeling unenthusiastic/disengaged or only generally satisfied with their job. And 40% say they are not getting enough sleep at night. To relieve the stress, 83% report that exercise increases their happiness and 66% regularly drink alcohol.
The good news for employers is that the survey also found employees who have a normal level of job-related stress have above average engagement, with 48% of respondents saying they are excited and engaged in their jobs. In the group of average stress respondents, 96% are happy at work and only 8% say work issues cause them to lose sleep.
Seeing signs of stress in your office? Here are seven ways to keep calm:
1. Clean up so you have a clutter-free work space to help you stay focused.
2. Take a walk. Get up, stretch and walk away for 10 minutes to clear your head and relax your body.
3. Turn off work and have a little “me time.” Doing something you love, or spending time with your family and completely disconnecting from work is important to keep your life in balance and helps reduce stress.
4. Take a deep breath. Deep breathing increases oxygen in the bloodstream, and has been shown to help clam your body and your mind.
5. Let it go. The past is the past. If you made a mistake, fix it and move on. Learn from it, but don’t let it consume you.
6. Set realistic goals. Scheduling too much for a day sets you up for stress and failure. Figure out what’s doable in a day, and break large projects into manageable tasks.
7. Get up and go. Get your big things done before 9am to set a positive, productive tone for the rest of the day.