Should an employer do anything to help overly stressed employees?

Author: Julie H. Cox

Yes. HR should reduce employee stress because lower workplace stress yields more productivity and job retention, prevents violence and reduces workers' compensation claims.

An employer should:

  • Have an employee assistance program (EAP) available;
  • Allow an overly stressed employee to take time off to recover;
  • Change an employee's schedule or duties to relieve some of the stress; and
  • Create policies that do not make employees feel as if they need to work unreasonable hours to be successful.