If your workplace has you stressed out, you’re in good company. Stress is everywhere, prodding us into action and holding us accountable. Our environment can play a significant part in how we perceive and manage that stress. While small doses can be useful in motivating us and helping us respond to new challenges, too much stress can become toxic and unmanageable.
And as anything toxic tends to do, that type of stress can make you sick. In fact, everything from physical pain to mental health issues can be traced back to workplace stress. As stress rises, so do business costs associated with absenteeism, turnover, and worker’s compensation. As illustrated in the infographic below, employee stress is estimated to cost American businesses nearly $300 Billion annually – and that figure doesn’t even take mental health issues into account.
When a work environment causes stress across a team, which in turn affects the organization as a whole, your business may have a serious issue with what is called organizational stress.
Company leaders and managers play an essential role in lowering stress in an organization. Besides communicating and upholding company culture and values, these people are in a position to implement the tactics necessary to help reduce the stress that employees deal with each day. For example:
– When leaders communicate openly and freely with staff, this gives everyone room to voice the obstacles or concerns that might be impeding work and causing undue stress.
– Research tells us that employees who are provided flexibility in the workplace are more mindful and proud of their work, which correlates with reduced levels of stress.
– Managers are more likely to prevent stress when they take into consideration what motivates employees by offering incentives, a positive work environment, and development opportunities.
The way we deal with stress at work can seem very personal, but it becomes in everyone’s best interest to reduce stress when it begins to impact the entire business. Learn more about the symptoms of organizational stress, and the strategies that leaders can use to help their teams reduce and prevent it, in the infographic below created for Pepperdine University’s Online MBA Program.
This infographic first appeared on mbaonline.Pepperdine.edu.