We all need a little stress. It’s a motivator to get started, pushing us to consider new ideas and explore possibilities. Importantly, stress can boost performance, helping us to achieve our goals. However, stress only fully works to our advantage when we already have the mental resilience and physical well-being to use it as a catalyst for positive change.
Are you using stress to help you tune-in, or are you just stressed-out?
Unfortunately, for many people stress is eroding their health and capability. Canadians now list work as the largest contributor to their stress, with almost 60% feeling “on-edge”.
“Stressed workers said they were less engaged at work, and that they put in less effort, hurting their productivity. They also called in sick more often, or went to work feeling ill.”
Employees are suffering, and employers are feeling their pain.
Work is therefore an ideal place to address the impact of negative stress. Advocating for health and wellness at the office gives employees the foundation for managing the stressors in their lives, and gives employers a workforce ready to thrive. Here are three crucial areas the workplace can focus on in order to help get the stress out.