Approximately 26 per cent of workers report high stress levels in the workplace. As an employer, it is important for you to recognize how an employees are managing stress. Failure to do so can reduce productivity and increase costs.

Stress Levels and Work: What to Watch for as an Employer

Disability from high stress levels at work is often much longer than with other work-related injuries or illnesses. Stress is also a major reason for employee turnover.

It’s not always easy to spot stress. Most of the time it is asymptomatic, meaning there are no visible signs. Therefore, it helps to know your employees and create positive healthy relationships.

Still many people might show some signs or symptoms, including:

– Feelings of anxiety, irritable and/or depressed   – Muscle tightness/ headaches

– Loss of interest in work                                            – Social withdrawal

– Problems sleeping/fatigue                                       – Loss of sex drive

– Trouble with concentration                                      – Use of drugs and alcohol to cope

Next week’s blog will cover tips for an employer to decrease stress in the workplace.

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