On the job stress is an unfortunate fact of life for many American workers. In fact, a recent survey found that one third of employees report that they typically experience stress during the workday. Chronic stress can lead to job dissatisfaction as well as a number of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.
But on the job stress isn’t just bad news for employees—it can also have a significant impact on the employer’s bottom line. Stress in the workplace often results in decreased productivity, increased employee absenteeism, and high turnover rates. And as healthcare costs in the United States continue to increase, it certainly makes good financial sense for companies to offer stress management resources to their employees.
Innovative, Customized Solutions
Wellness programs provide a variety of innovative solutions for helping employees cope with stress, but only about 50% of employers currently offer this benefit—the other 50% are missing out on an important method of encouraging healthy behaviors, decreasing stress, and ultimately saving money.
Defined as a formal, employer-sponsored approach to improving the health of employees, the typical wellness program will include screening activities to identify health risks, and interventions to target those risks and encourage healthy behaviors.
Services that Target Common Sources of Stress
Increasingly, employers are including stress management services in their wellness programs. Options can include onsite yoga or meditation programs, discounts on massage therapy, and company-wide education on healthy methods for coping with stress. Because many workers rank finances as a significant source of stress in their lives, some employers offer financial literacy classes, as well.
Onsite clinics are another wellness program component that can go a long way towards mitigating employee stress. As the typical American spends much of his or her day at work, it’s important for human resources professionals to bring wellness to the employee. Typically staffed by licensed healthcare professionals, onsite clinics increase the convenience factor and make it easier to engage employees in wellness. Clinic staff can screen for stress, and discuss healthy coping mechanisms with stressed-out employees.
Workplace stress is on the rise, but human resources professionals play an important role in helping both employees and employers manage that stress. Wellness programs are an invaluable tool for mitigating stress and encouraging healthy employee behaviors. In fact, the American Psychological Association has found that organizations that encourage workplace well-being boast an employee turnover rate that is less than one third of the national average.
Our wellness programs promote healthier lifestyles for employers and employees. Healthstat has a wellness program solution to fit the unique needs of each organization and its workforce—including yours.