According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. Job stress can also lead to hefty costs , carrying a price for employers of over $300 billion annually in the U.S. This is a result of accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal and insurance costs, and workers’ compensation awards.
What is stress awareness month? Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education orngaization, it is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society. The Stress Awareness Month website is also offering a free stress relief E-book. See their website here.
Stress is a prevalent issue in the modern day workplace, and unfortunately for us, the sources of our stress do not look like they will be dissipating anytime soon. But what’s crucial for us to understand is that it’s not necessarily the sources of our stress which are the problem, it’s the way we interpret them that cause us to be stressed.
Resiliency is the ability to not only bounce back in times of adversity, but bounce forward and see opportunities among change. It encompasses skills which combat viewing stress as a negative. Research shows that highly resilient people respond to challenges with flexibility, bounce forward and even find opportunities within workplace challenges. Importantly, they perform more effectively in their jobs, are healthier, more engaged with their work, and have higher commitment to their organizations. The good news is that resiliency can be learned and developed.
To visit the Stress Awareness Month website click here.
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