Overview: Workplace stress is an important employers concern for a number of reasons. Workplace stress can:
Creating Employee Assistance Programs and employee health programs and supporting good work-life balance creates happier employees, which in turn results in more productive, harder working employees. Offering strong vacation packages, and encouraging employees to take advantage of those packages, actually leads to more efficient employees.
Trends: With a tough economy, many employees feel as if they have to be the hardest-working, most dedicated employee. While the hard work and dedication can be admirable, if used in the wrong way, it can lead to employees becoming workaholics, resulting in sloppy work and lower job retention.
Author: Ashley Shaw, JD, Legal Editor
Enhanced to improve the comprehensiveness, organization and scope of coverage and updated to reflect forthcoming requirements for employers to electronically report injury and illness data to OSHA.
This section of the XpertHR best practice manual discusses the business case for investing in employee stress management and explains how to develop and implement a framework for managing stress.
An employer may use this checklist to identify signs of employee stress. Ignoring employee stress is likely to lead to the employee becoming overwhelmed which may result in negative consequences.
An employer may use this checklist to recognize employee depressions. Employee depression should be a concern for employers because depressed employees are more likely to be unproductive and likely to quit.
Employment glossary definition of Burnout.
HR guidance on preventing and responding to employee stress.