24 Ways Employers Can Help Manage Stress at Work

Now that we are near the end of the critical phases of the pandemic, you might be tempted to think that stress is no longer a problem. You would be wrong. I have been in numerous meetings lately where people have been talking about how overwhelmed they are with work and caregiving responsibilities. It is evident that stress has not disappeared. It is still a growing concern for employees. According to research conducted by the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, about one-third of workers report high levels of stress. For many people, stress has become so taxing that it is more than just a personal issue that can be placated with a few “mental health” days out of the office. This can undoubtedly have a negative impact on both employees and the work environment. Job stress is estimated to cost American companies more than $300 billion a year in health costs, absenteeism, and mediocre performance. Stress ─whether it is of a personal nature or professional─ affects every area of a person’s life. This is a strong indication that employers need to have proactive strategies to help address and alleviate (or at least reduce) stress for employees. This article provides a comprehensive list of the main causes of worksite stress and a corresponding list of successful and creative ways to help employers reduce stress at work as they help employees manage stress. You may not be able to address every area discussed. However, employers are encouraged to start wherever you can. Choose the low-hanging fruit. Address those areas that are easy to accomplish but will have an impact on reducing stress for your employees. Both your employees and the workplace culture will benefit.