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Stress among workers is a top concern for employers

Long hours, heavy workloads and a lack of work-life balance are creating high levels of stress among employees. A recent Towers Watson survey found that relieving stress among staff members was a top priority for employers.

Long hours, heavy workloads and a lack of work-life balance are creating high levels of stress among employees. A recent Towers Watson survey found that relieving stress among staff members was a top priority for employers.

"Stress can have a major negative impact on the productivity of employees," said Rebekah Haymes, senior consultant at Towers Watson. "That employers are now starting to focus on prevention and encouraging healthier lifestyles is a step in the right direction."

Employee reward programs can be tied to wellness initiatives to drive participation in stress management events. Forty percent of employers surveyed stated they had stress reduction program in place, and an additional 31 percent were planning to introduce them in the next two years. By providing motivation for working out, taking longer lunches or participating in other stress-reducing activities, workers can highlight the importance of balancing work and family.

According to the survey, excessive workloads and long hours are the most significant causes of stress. Technology designed to increase flexibility and efficiency in the workplace may actually be contributing to the problems, according to Haymes. Employees are always within reach thanks to smartphones and other mobile devices, which increases pressure to respond to emails or remain on call outside of working normal hours. This greatly increases stress by preventing employees from fully relaxing with their friends and families.

Dealing with stress in the workplace
There are several steps that businesses can take to help their employees manage stress. Wellness programs have become increasingly popular as a way to lower insurance costs. Employees are encouraged to get active, stop smoking and monitor their diets. Many of these steps can also be helpful in reducing stress. Linking reward programs to health and wellness initiatives may provide multiple benefits for companies.

HRZone reports that communication is essential to reducing stress within the workplace. Incentive programs could be established to recognize teams or workers who have improved coordination. Open communication allows departments to anticipate and overcome challenges before they create a lot of disruption. When employees are scrambling on deadline, stress levels rise. Having better  interdepartmental dialogue allows staff members to work more effectively and deliver higher-quality results.

Employee reward programs assist in creating a culture that maintains strong communication between various departments. These initiatives can also encourage employees to take regular breaks or participate in stress-busting programs. Helping employees manage their stress can reduce a number of health problems and contribute to greater productivity at work.

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