Work Related stress

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Fifty percent of workers have suffered some form of stress at work in a 12-month period. The statistics in healthcare professions were even higher.
Stress in the workplace is becoming a major concern for employers, managers and government agencies, meaning the Occupational Health and Safety legislations are requiring employers to practice a ‘duty of care’ by providing employees with safe working environments which also cover the psychological well-being of their staff.
One of the costs, for employers, of work place stress is absenteeism. Other negative effects are reductions in productivity, reduced profits, accidents, high rates of sickness, increased workers’ comp. claims and high staff turnover, requiring recruiting and training of
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Some things workplaces can do to help lower stress levels are: educate employees to recognize the signs of stress because sometimes employees get so wrapped up in their jobs that they can’t even tell there is a problem till it is to late. Employers can also give employees the chance to be involved in decision making that affects their jobs, which in turn will improve employer-employee communications because it will show the employee that his or manager cares about them as a person not just a means to getting a task done. Employers can provide employees with opportunities to socialize and get to know each other. Something that’s very important in today’s world with people having such diverse home and family lives is for the employer or manager to be understanding of employees’ personal and family responsibilities. The most important thing that an employer can do is just basically be supportive to their employees in any way possible. This could mean making sure that they ensure the employees workloads are suitable for their capabilities, make sure they have all available resources and are properly trained as to how to use them, or to
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