Get the Data Behind the Dysfunction
Most of us would say we value work-life balance. But do we even know what that means for ourselves much less what it means for our employees?
Stress has reached epidemic proportions costing organizations $300 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses EVERY year. These direct and indirect costs have made leaders take notice.
But where does a company leader begin to assess and identify workplace stress?
Dr. Ron Bonnstetter and Jonathan Eisler, managing director of Perspectives Organizational Consulting Group at Perspectives Ltd., discussed the importance of measuring the seven critical areas of stress at our recent webinar, Get the Data Behind the Dysfunction.
They shared examples of how doing an employee assessment ensures you address the root causes of stress within your organization instead of implementing a program that may increase their level of stress.
Here are four takeaways from stress webinar:
1. Stress hormones remain in your body for an extended time. Your long commute can impact your health and productivity for up to four hours of your workday. A conflict with a colleague can affect your whole day. Plus, it can even keep you awake at night, which impacts your performance the next day.
2. Hosting a team building or employee social event doesn't help solve six of the seven critical areas of stress. This is why using a diagnostic tool like Stress Quotient™ is so important. Jonathan shared an example of a client who increased employee stress by adding yoga, bowling and fun lunch events.
After meeting with Jonathan, the client assessed and identified their problems. The client found the fun events didn’t work because employees were not stressed out over social support. They were instead anxious about organizational change, demands and job security.
Jonathan worked with the client to implement a low-cost program to discuss what was and wasn’t working and helped them hired staff for the increased workload. In only one month, executives saw a dramatic decrease in employee stress.
3. Stress levels are similar around the world. However, other countries are much more proactive in dealing with it. In New Zealand, if you don't deal with workplace stress, your company can be fined.
4. People are losing their ability to be strategic versus reactive. Stress drives more short-term than long-term processing. Dr. Ron explained when stress impacts our executive brain function, our ability to do futuristic thinking is the first thing to go. Stress drastically reduces our theta brain waves (essential to creativity, global thinking and problem solving) and increases our beta waves. When we are in high beta, we come up with quick answers but not very thoughtful ones.
Continue the conversation using #MeasureYourStress and take your own assessment to learn the causes of stress at your workplace.
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Dina Giovale is the Content Specialist at TTI Success Insights. She serves as a brand journalist, telling compelling stories that build and strengthen the community around the TTI SI brand. Dina has experience in marketing strategy and copywriting that enhances brand image and customer experience.