Stress, particularly workplace stress — in addition to being unhealthy for individuals — also has significant implications on organizations with respect to lost productivity, increased health care costs and unscheduled absences. Stress management, therefore, along with placing a high priority on getting employees moving and physically active, are critical components of any successful corporate wellness program.
Workplace Stress — Number One Source of Stress in America
According to the CDC, workplace stress is “the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the employee.” A major risk factor for heart disease is stress — and, not surprisingly, stress has been associated with 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
A recent American Psychological Association survey concludes that workplace stress is the leading source of stress in America, followed by financial stress and work-life balance. According to the results of the survey, more than one-third of American workers experience chronic work stress, while approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults cite work as a significant source of stress.
Physical symptoms of stress may include frequent headaches, neck ache & back pain, insomnia and constant fatigue. Stress may also include psychological components such as irritability, anxiousness and lack of energy.
Stress & the Impact on Productivity
Stress also has a detrimental impact on the employee’s — and organization’s — overall productivity. Organizationally, stress results in forgetfulness, anxiety, concentration lapses and in difficulty making decisions. A Eastern Kentucky University study concluded that companies spend roughly $300 billion annually for health care and missed work days as a result of workplace stress. Additionally, the American Psychological Association estimates that more than $500 billion is siphoned off from the U.S. economy and 550 million workdays are lost each year because of workplace stress. Wow!
Stress Management — Huge Benefits for your Organization
With increases in absenteeism, employee turnover, workers’ compensation and medical insurance as a result of stress, it is critical that, as a company, you prioritize stress management as an ongoing initiative. A strong program, while not likely to entirely eliminate stress, will help create a lower-stressed work environment. This will result in a happier, more positive company culture, fewer sick days, higher rates of employee retention and easier talent acquisition efforts. Furthermore, it will demonstrate your commitment to the health and happiness of your employees.
Looking for something Unique and Fun to Complement your Existing Employee Wellness Programming that will Help Minimize Stress in the Lives of your Employees?
Pickleball may very well be the answer. Yes, pickleball! Invented in 1965, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. A combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton, pickleball is played with a paddle and wiffle ball on a court approximately one-fourth the size of a tennis court. The game of pickleball is great for all ages and skill levels and only takes a short amount of time to learn. Perhaps most importantly, it is a great stress-reliever. Pickleball is also physically active, social and helps build employee morale.
Pickleball Company Challenge — May 19, 2018 in Mason, OH
Want to give pickleball a try and have some good ‘ole natured fun and competition at the same time? I can virtually guarantee all your employees will love it! Join us on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Mason, OH as we are organizing a Pickleball Company Challenge. The Pickleball Company Challenge will pit employees from local businesses against each other in the fastest growing sport in America — all in the name of fun, camaraderie and health & wellness. Hope to see you there!