Stress happens. Take a look at these stats:
- Three out of every four American workers describe their work as stressful.
- Workplace stress costs U.S. employers an estimated $300 billion annually in absenteeism, lower productivity, medical insurance, and other health-related expenses.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that companies in the US lose $3 billion per year due to effects of negativity.
Now add on the stress of the holidays (visiting families, mall traffic, financial pressures) and we've got a real mess on our hands in terms of a happy, healthy workforce in America. Looking through that lens, stress management may be businesses’ most important challenge in today’s economy and should be taken seriously.
Whether your team has two employees or two thousand, take a look at this infographic compiled by Dallas-based TruYuu, an online service provider that helps job seekers present themselves as more than just a resume to employers. It offers some simple tips to help keep stress at bay.
Keep in mind, if you are a startup you probably won't be ignoring email on weekends or taking lots of vacation time, but you can create some boundaries for yourself and your team. So back away from the cookies (sugar doesn't help either!) and sing your favorite tune instead. Really – it's good for you and your company.