Stress. In small doses, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
It can provide just the amount of motivation you need to accomplish what needs doing: laundry, yard work, taxes, and the like.
But when stress becomes more than just a motivator, it can do a lot more harm than good.
Without proper coping mechanisms, an overload of stress can take a toll on both mental and physical health. It may manifest as a nagging headache, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, or depression. Or it might cause chest pains, stomach upset, and muscle tension.
Behaviorally, too much stress can lead to overeating, drug or alcohol abuse, or withdrawal.
Your employees’ stress may arise from any number of sources, not necessarily related to their jobs or work environment. If they’re stressed about personal finances, illness of a loved one, or marital problems, for example, you may feel that there’s nothing you can do to help them.
While it’s true that you can’t solve these problems for them, you can help by showing them ways to get a handle on their stress and even channel it into something productive.
At your next staff meeting, bring up the topic of stress and get a feel for how well your workers deal with it. Then begin to incorporate specific stress-management strategies into your wellness program.
When stress levels are down, everybody benefits.
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