Posted by Health Wellness | Posted in workplace wellness | Posted on 19-08-2010
Advantages of Stress Reduction Programs
While stress can’t be eliminated from life, or even from the workplace, coping skills may be created with relative ease. Stress management skills lead to lowered absenteeism and more effective, more productive workers.
Because stress has been proven to contribute to such physical conditions as ulcers, high blood pressure and stroke, stress reduction has a direct impact on bettering physical health.
Studies have shown that heart patients who attend stress management programs have 42 percent lower health care costs. Other studies have documented a 50 percent reduction in medical services use when stress management programs are employed.
Further, Worker Assistance Program (EAP) experts estimate that 20% of any workforce is affected by personal problems that can influence work performance.
Stress reduction tactics to consider –
Offer onsite yoga or meditation classes.
Organize support groups among staff members.
Sponsor stress management classes during the workday.
Offer an employee assistance program that includes both counseling and referral.
Offer onsite counseling for employees with a work-related trauma, like the death of a peer.