Stress is growing. It is a growing concern. The wave of turbulence that is sweeping across the globe is impacting everyone. Jobs are scarcer, fear is increasing, home foreclosures are rising, costs are increasing and people are having trouble coping with impacts of our increasingly connected global world.
Here are a few quick facts about stress:
Workplace stress continues to grow. In the U.S., experts at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are dedicated to studying stress. They’ve found:
- Stress is linked to physical and mental health, as well as decreased willingness to take on new and creative endeavors.
- Job burnout experienced by 25% to 40% of U.S. workers is blamed on stress.
- More than ever before, employee stress is being recognized as a major drain on corporate productivity and competitiveness.
- Depression, only one type of stress reaction, is predicted to be the leading occupational disease of the 21st century, responsible for more days lost than any other single factor.
- $300 billion, or $7,500 per employee, is spent annually in the U.S. on stress-related compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct medical expenses (nearly 50% higher for workers who report stress), and employee turnover.
- Stress and anxiety is estimated to affect well over 19 million Americans and growing.
- 33% of Americans suffer job burn out and is thought to be due to stress at the work place.
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in giving their stress statistics is predicting depression (which is one the many effects of stress) to be a leading cause of absenteeism from the work place.
- About 70% of workers are unhappy in their current employment due to work related stress.
- Accidents in the work place that are directly related to stress are exponentially increasing every year.
- Over $290 Billion dollars is spent in the US economy every year relating to compensation claims from on-the-job stress, health insurance, low-productivity and disability.
Stress is a poison that affects a large number of people. Perhaps it is working a job that doesn’t utilize your gifts and talents. Perhaps it is working in a culture that is filled with toxins of bad relationships. Perhaps it is working for someone who doesn’t recognize or use your talents. Too much stress reduces the ability to function with a high level of contribution.
How much stress are you experiencing in your work environment, home environment, social environment or your physical environment? Is it taking the joy out of your life?
What are you doing about the stress in your life?
– Ignoring it
– Worrying about it
– Fighting it
– Working on reducing it
– Getting help (coaching, mentoring)
– Getting angry at others
There are negative ways to reduce stress and there are positive mechanisms to reduce stress.
Positive stress reducers
- Daily exercise
- Take time to reflect, journal
- Good eating habits
- Actively working with someone to reduce stress
- Power breaks – short intense periods of relaxation and refocus (on positive )
- Developing an attitude of gratitude.
What are you doing to reduce stress in your life?