Workplace-related stress is a growing concern. The new millennium finds us with ever-increasing workloads, a decreasing workforce, and a climate of rapid change. Employees are being asked to do more than ever before in less time for less money. Job security does not exist anymore, and increasingly jobs themselves are hard to come by. These and other pressures add up to increased stress on employees, supervisors, and leaders alike, which takes a toll on morale and functioning. Companies that take a proactive approach towards minimizing employee stress experience reap many rewards.
Some workplace stress is inevitable, while other sources of workplace stress are avoidable. Stress management in the workplace is about helping employees to cope with stressors that cannot be avoided, and about reducing opportunities for employee stress wherever possible.
Exercise and Relaxation
A good starting place for workplace stress management is the promotion of exercise and relaxation class opportunities within the workplace. Regular physical exercise benefits employee health in numerous ways, one of which is making employees more resilient with regard to stress. Employees who exercise regularly tend to have more stamina and a more positive mood, are typically able to concentrate better, and generally are less susceptible to minor illnesses. Relaxation programs including yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises promote stress relief by helping peopl...
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