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by , 08 August 2013
Work-related stress is the harmful physical and emotional response that occurs when the requirements of the job don't match the capabilities, resources, or needs of your workers. If you think work-related stress doesn't concern you or your employees, you've got another thing coming. Here's how stress will affect your employees and your business if you don't manage it.

If your workplace is riddled with potential stressors like noise pollution, impossible workloads, incompetent co-workers and impossible managers, you're not doing yourself or your employees any favours.

Here's how stress affects your employees and your business

For your employees:

Your employee's stress can have serious health impairments. For instance, they could lose the capacity to cope with their work and social situations. This'll lead to a lack of productivity, loss of career opportunities and employment.

What about your company?

The impact of stress on your company can include

  • Absenteeism;
  • Higher medical costs;
  • Higher staff turnover; and
  • Associated costs of recruiting and training new workers.

Be warned, recent surveys show that stress can reduce productivity and efficiency, says the Health&Safety Advisor.

You see, 'stress is a multidimensional syndrome because it involves mind, body and emotions. You need to be aware of the signs of a stressed employee,' adds the Advisor.

If you spot the signs early, you can prevent any problems.

Lookout for these nine signs of unhealthy stress

  1. Anxiety, irritability and anger
  2. Dizziness, palpitations
  3. Muscle disorders like spasms and tension
  4. Fibromyalgia (disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue)
  5. Insomnia
  6. Fatigue
  7. Impaired memory and concentration
  8. Excessive smoking or drinking
  9. Recurrent infections, aches and pains
  10. Feeling down and loss of control

Remember, it's your legal duty to provide a safe work environment for your employees and includes making sure you help them manage work-related stress.

So make sure you take steps to eliminate stress in your workplace. For instance encourage your employees to lead healthy lifestyles and eliminate potential stressors.

Do this to ensure your business and your employees don't suffer the dire consequences associated with stress.

Turn to chapter S08 of your Health and Safety Advisor to get the seven conventional ways you can assist your employees in dealing with stress in the workplace.

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