These days, work and stress are synonymous. A 2006 survey by ComPsy
Corporation found stress is rampant in the workplace. Fifty-five recent of workers said they have high levels of stress with symptoms of extreme fatigue and feeling out of control. Another 42 percent said they have constant but manageable stress. That’s a lot of headaches.
What’s the biggest cause of all this tension? The study cited “People issues” as the No. 1 work stressor, followed by workload and work/life balance. In a down economy with decrease employment and increased unemployment the doors are open for workplace bullying. Nothing is more stressful then then the security of being able to support your family and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s proven that stress can harm your mental and physical health, so save yourself by finding a new job.
Although economic pressures are increasing, employers are becoming more committed to offering more and better benefits packages to attract and retain talent. In 2007 CareerBuilder.com/Robert Half report, 30 percent of hiring managers reported their firm have instituted new policies and programs to increase staff retention rates in the last 12 months, up from 23 percent this time last year (2006). The primary measures taken included offering pay raises, bonuses, better benefits and more flexible schedules.
In addition, Prudential Financials study “Employee Benefits: 2006 & Beyond” looked at current and future employee needs and how employers plan to respond to them. The study found that eight in 10 employers say it’s important to offer and subsidize a wide range of employee benefits. Be prepared: Although more companies are offering more diversified benefits, workers may see more costs shifted from employer to employee, especially in voluntary benefits.
Now we have had a look at some statistics for the year of 2006. For the month of June 2012, for the state of Missouri, the unemployment rate measured at 7.1%. There were initial 26,689 unemployment claim filed based on the Department of Labor & Industrial Relations. Therefor we can look for an increase in stress related illnesses as we look to the future of the workforce and as go about our daily lives. How we address them is up to us.
Will we over medicate ourselves and employees or look for more natural, healthier and rewarding therapies care for those who keep you/us in business. With employer Flexible Spending Plans, Health Savings Accounts and OptumHealth Allies memberships massage therapy and physical health practices are become readily available to address these issues with much success.
Look for corporate massage for your staff and stay ahead in longevity and the economic race.