In 2010-2011 and 2014-2015, there were up to 91% workers’ compensation claims linked to work related stress or mental stress. With statistics like these, it’s clear that it is a growing problem in businesses all around the world, not only impacting the mental health of workers, but also the productivity of organisations.
As with any issue, prevention is the best solution. It will stop the issues from becoming too serious and causing major difficulties later on.
Causes of work related stress include:
How to identify stress:
What can you ask your staff when you’re noticing these signs?
“I noticed you’ve been looking a little run down lately. Is there anything you want to talk about, or anything we can do to help?”
“I’ve noticed you’ve been absent from work more than usual. Is there anything going on that you would like to speak about?”
“Is there any support we can offer?”
What can you do to reduce work related stress?
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Workplace stress is costing the Australian economy up to $14.8 billion dollars every year. While there are ‘healthy’ types of stress that can drive productivity without negative impacts, if you don’t pay attention, the negative types of stress can drive your productivity down a lot. When statistics are paired with the fact that your happiest & least stressed employee can be up to 3 times more productive than the ones on the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s probably time to consider what you can do to help alleviate stress in your workplace.
We’re finding that with a lot of younger business owners or HR Managers stepping up, the importance of ‘fun’ is being emphasised a whole lot more - which is having such positive implication for the workforce. Gone are the days when it’s just about doing the work. Nowadays, it’s also about creating a fulfiling atmosphere and fostering teamwork, conversation and collaboration. And what better and easier way to do it than introducing games into the office?