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. Click here to learn how your organization can best leverage pickleball to enhance the engagement and overarching effectiveness of your employee wellness initiatives.
Pickleball is a unique and effective employee wellness programming option that will encourage healthier lifestyle behaviors that will ultimately enhance employee productivity and performance, all while helping to create a culture of wellness that permeates throughout the entire organization.
Company Picnics, Pickleball, Employee Appreciation Events & More – We Bring the Courts to You!
Pickleball is a great activity for your company picnic, employee appreciation event, health & fitness week, wellness day/week, team-building event – or as a complement to your existing wellness programming (such as exercise/fitness, stress management and weight loss programs).
At PickleballMAX, we bring the court, paddles, balls and nets to you onsite. Then, spearheaded by an IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional, we will introduce pickleball to your employees, provide instruction and facilitate play – and we can even manage and facilitate a company “tournament” for those seeking a little friendly competition!
Pickleball, Team-Building and Survivor-esque Challenges!!!
Complementing the employee wellness options, we also offer a 90-120 minute team-building session that includes incredibly unique pickleball, “Survivor-esque” challenges and activities that will help build trust, encourage communication and enhance collaboration amongst employees.
So, what are you waiting for? Click on the button below to see how your company can offer a new and exciting employee wellness and team-building option for your employees!
Todd is the talent behind PickleballMAX. He knows pickleball and demonstrates it on the court as a 4.5 – 5.0 player. In addition to creating content and running the PickleballMAX business, Todd is IPTPA Level II certified. As an instructor at the Ohio Pickleball Academy, he instructs students and runs adult and youth clinics. He also manages tournament desks throughout the tri state for tournaments ranging from 100-500 participants.