Stressed workers cost much more
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! — Careers24.com
Stressed employees costs your company real money.