At appropriate levels, stress can have a positive effect on productivity, and has no negative effects on health. However, at high levels, stress can have the opposite effect. Studies show that stress can contribute to serious physical and mental health problems. Stress can also increase health care costs and negatively impact employee performance, productivity and job satisfaction. It can even lead to higher levels of turnover.
New research suggests that employers no longer have to limit their stress management efforts to simply helping employees cope with the negative effects of stress once they’ve manifested. Instead, initiatives can be implemented to help employees maintain their health and productivity during times of stress. As such, a comprehensive approach to workplace stress management should focus on three key elements:
A combination of individual and organizational approaches have been found to be the most successful.
Getting a Handle on Stress and Building Employee Resilience
Employers have long been aware of the disabling aspects of workplace stress and have made its management a priority, offering programs and resources to help stressed-out employees. This slide deck offers recommendations on creating a comprehensive, proactive strategy based on the most current evidence.
The Hype About Happiness: Why Positive Emotions are Good for Your Employees and the Bottom Line
Learn about opportunities to improve the emotional well-being of employees, which lead to lasting benefits that are not only good for employees and their overall well-being, but help improve overall business performance.
Using Resilience Training to Drive Positive Business Outcomes: Comcast's Story
Provides the research on how improved employee resilience can contribute to improved health, productivity and human capital, as well as shares results from Comcast Corporation's implementation of a resilience program.
The Consumer Health Mindset
Looks at employees perspectives and attitudes towards their employer-sponsored programs and benefits.
Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers
Outlines the major challenges employers face in their quest to support the mental health and emotional well-being of their workforce, presents several solutions that have seen success for many employers, and is a call to action for making mental health and emotional well-being a priority.
Emotional Health Resources
Access all Business Group resources on Emotional Health.
Financial Security Resources
Employees’ financial situation is the number one source of stress. Learn what solutions employers are and offering help employees.