Initiatives To Reduce and Prevent Workplace Stress


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Causes and effects of workplace stress and how to reduce and prevent them. Both employees and employers will benefits from a workplace stress reduction and prevention plan. It is better to be proactive than reactive. Research has shown that companies who provide ways for employees to reduce their workplace stress find them to be more productive, happier, and loyal to the business.
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Initiatives To Reduce and Prevent Workplace Stress

  2. 2. Introduction  Workplace stress is costly to both employee and employer  Internal research is necessary to devise a workplace stress plan  Execution and follow-up are essential for success
  3. 3. 46% of employers offer goods and services to stores 35% of employers offer entertainment tickets 46% of employers offer restaurant gift cards Potluck Lunches with Prizes
  4. 4. Tool Allowances  Financial difficulties put stress on personal issues.  This can cause marital distress as well.  Other personal issues can arise including missing work and decreased productivity.
  5. 5. Tool Allowances  Mutual rewards of increased motivation, productivity, and morale.  Can decrease in company costs.  Can decrease in absenteeism  Can decrease turnover rate
  6. 6. Paid Time Off  Employers should actively encourage Paid Time Off (PTO) as an essential requirement of the job.  PTO makes it easier to adjust workloads.  PTO causes a decrease in health care, workers compensation, and turnover costs by as much as 1/3.
  7. 7. Company Paid Training Programs  Employees are healthier, more creative, and more productive.  Train managers in workplace stress and the effects and solutions.  Invest in OSHA training regularly.
  8. 8. Membership to Fitness Clubs  ¾ of workers admit to unhealthy snacking once a week while 27% of workers admit to this more than 3 times per week.  The prevalence of obesity climbed 13% to 32% between 1960 and 2004 according to John Hopkins.  Obesity is linked to increased percentage of medical claims and absences.
  9. 9. Reward System/ Bonus Money  Safety incentive programs work well in a company.  Bonus money is good for an employee’s work/life balance.  There is a decrease in absences which cause an increase in productivity.
  10. 10. Job Rotation  Decreases burnouts in the workplace.  Increases employee satisfaction.  Increases employee motivation.
  11. 11. Work Teams  Powerful organizational concept.  Requires high level of social structure.  Conflict is natural and necessary.
  12. 12. Organizational Change  Ensure the workload is in line with workers’ capabilities.  Design jobs to provide meaning, stimulation, and opportunities for workers.  Clearly define employees roles and responsibilities.  Give workers opportunities to participate in decisions affecting their jobs.  Improve communications to reduce job uncertainty.  Provide opportunities for social interaction among employees.  Establish work schedules that are compatible with the demands of the job. Ways to Prevent Workplace Stress
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