Stressed work­ers cost much more

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

In case you didn’t know, hav­ing stressed em­ploy­ees costs your com­pany real money. Don’t be­lieve it? Con­sider this your wake-up call!

The Peo­ple El­e­ment did a sur­vey in which they found that stress af­fects work­ing re­la­tion­ships, hap­pi­ness at home, and sub­se­quently, your com­pany’s bot­tom line. They re­port that ev­ery year, up to R3 bil­lion is wasted in South Africa due to stress re­lated is­sues at work.

But how are you los­ing money? Em­ploy­ees that are stressed stay ab­sent - and it’s not just that the same stressed em­ployee stays home too of­ten, it’s that more than one em­ployee is stressed and stays out of work. Be­ing short staffed on any day leads to lower pro­duc­tiv­ity.

On days that they do pitch, your stressed em­ployee makes more er­rors, and is more likely to be in­volved in work ac­ci­dents - not to men­tion spread­ing the ‘bad mood’ or ‘de­mo­ti­vated’ germ to col­leagues by caus­ing un­nec­es­sary ten­sion among staff, e.g. ever no­tice that co-work­ers are some­times touchy about not be­ing greeted with a smile?

Un­happy em­ploy­ees (this in­cludes but is not lim­ited to the stressed ones) are more likely to pur­sue bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties else­where. Which, when they leave, means you’ll have to deal with a higher turnover rate. The re­cruit­ing process can be ex­pen­sive, es­pe­cially if it has to be done re­peat­edly.

Imag­ine how many op­por­tu­ni­ties you’ve missed. Think about it: stressed em­ploy­ees are less cre­ative, less ef­fec­tive de­ci­sion mak- ers and in­ad­e­quate com­mu­ni­ca­tors. If your em­ploy­ees op­er­ated at full ca­pac­ity, new av­enues for your busi­ness could have been re­alised. But they weren’t.

It is im­por­tant that as a leader within your or­gan­i­sa­tion, you iden­tify the causes of stress. You need to ac­tively find ways to min­imise the neg­a­tive ef­fects of stressed col­leagues so that you can start sav­ing more and start mak­ing more.

Com­mon causes of stress in the work­place in­clude Fre­quent phys­i­cal dan­ger, Highly au­to­mated and repet­i­tive tasks, Med­i­cal in­sur­ance com­pli­ca­tions, Fre­quent iso­la­tion and min­i­mum op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with oth­ers, Lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties to build so­cial sup­port net­works, Per­sonal is­sues, Chronic work over­load, Work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion, Con­stant change in re­quire­ments, pro­ce­dures, sched­ules or even su­per­vi­sors, Un­usu­ally pro­longed dead­line pres­sures.

It is of paramount im­por­tance that you ad­just your com­pany cul­ture to min­imise stress and its ef­fects.

How to elim­i­nate stress When stress builds up you may find that your breath­ing pat­terns be­come dis­rupted and ir­reg­u­lar; it could feel like you aren’t get­ting enough air. Tackle this prob­lem by per­form­ing breath­ing ex­er­cises.

Eat well: Eat­ing well doesn’t mean chew­ing on a car­rot all day. Be good to your body by elim­i­nat­ing the un­healthy stuff like junk food and fizzy drinks. You’ll find that all the sugar and grease was prob­a­bly leav­ing you bloated, tired and more anx­ious than usual.

Un­der-eat­ing could also be leav­ing you feel­ing drained and weak. Find a bal­anced diet that works for you and your body and make sure that you’re get­ting all the cor­rect vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­ents to keep your en­ergy lev­els up.

Get ac­tive: It’s a fact that ex­er­cise re­leases good en­dor­phins that leaves you feel­ing in­vig­o­rated and full of life. It’s a much bet­ter stress buster than sit­ting in front of the tele­vi­sion. not only will it make you feel good, you’ll be work­ing to­wards a bet­ter body as well.

Try to ex­er­cise at least three times a week — whether you go for a sim­ple jog, take your bi­cy­cle for a spin or hit the gym. Work out a re­al­is­tic ex­er­cise plan and see how much it could help your mood and de­crease your stress lev­els.

Take a hol­i­day: Per­haps all you need is a good break from work to help recharge your bat­tery. If this is the case, take some time to just un­wind. If you can af­ford to fly abroad or to an ex­otic is­land, great! But if you can’t, don’t worry about it; there are plenty of lo­cal spots you can set­tle in to.

Treat your­self to a spa get­away or lounge be­side the pool of a lo­cal re­sort. What­ever you de­cide to do, make sure you en­joy it and come back re­freshed and ready to take on the world! — Ca­

Stressed em­ploy­ees costs your com­pany real money.

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