I have written extensively about how more and more companies are recognizing that putting health and wellness programs on board ultimately helps their bottom line by maximizing peak performance in employees. Do you wonder why such programs are directly related to profits?
Lost hours due to absenteeism, reduced productivity, turnover, medical, legal, and insurance costs have been estimated to cost $300 billion per year, or $7500 per worker.
A ton of research has now proven definitively that stress is linked to six leading causes of death, including:
According to the American Institute of Health & Productivity Management, which phrased the term, “Presenteeism,”
There is also a major cost each year due to employees who are at work but not working up to their potential, because of the stressors they encounter.
In our 24/7 global society, stressors abound, both on and off the job. I-phones, instant messaging, and e-mail all are designed to make life more convenient and easier, but they effectively leash us to work and other obligations. We have become a society of people with OCD as it pertains to looking for information and instant feedback. This adds even more stress as we constantly fight to keep up with our competition.
Add to this family demands, our pervasive fear of terror striking close to home, and worrying about the future of our Country, constant stress surrounds us.[Tweet “Learn how to maximize #employee performance by creating a #healthy #workplace.”]
Where the workplace can really help is to focus on programs that enhance the well-being of their employees. Here you have a captive audience, where their company can show a genuine interest in enhancing their emotional well-being.
The American Psychological Association launched their annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace award several years ago in order to give corporations an incentive to develop programs that will help workers to thrive emotionally. Examples of programs that enhance the psychological health of employees in the workplace are:
Companies whose employees achieve peak performance understand that the emotional well-being of their employees is the key to such performance.
To learn more about how to develop a psychologically healthy workplace for your employees, contact me for more information.
Author and professional speaker Dr. Jack Singer is a licensed Clinical, Sports and Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, author, trainer and consultant. His expertise includes a Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology and a Post-Doctorate in Clinical / Sports Psychology.