Corporate Health: The Dangers of Stress On The Workplace

Decreasing employee stress in the workplace can produce significant results.

It is no secret that stress and the workplace often go hand in hand. Any time that you are working long hours, spending an increased amount of time on a project that is challenging or difficult, and having to put your skills and mind to the test can promote a certain level of stress amongst employees. Luckily, this type of simple stress often disappears as soon as the difficult project or task at hand is complete.

Unfortunately, this is not the only type of stress that regularly crops up in work place. In this difficult economy, many employees are finding it harder than ever to cope with pressure in the workplace and are developing chronic stress as a result. Regardless of occupation, seniority, or salary level, we’re spending more and more of our work days feeling frazzled and out of control, instead of alert and relaxed.

With chronic stress, chemicals and hormones, which were only intended to be secreted for a short period of time, are continually being released. The stress response is engaged and not turned off. and glands, which secrete these chemicals, don’t have an opportunity to replenish or restore themselves to pre stress levels. Therefore, the body remains in a state of hyper arousal and hormones that are meant to help and protect you are over secreted and eventually depleted.

Unfortunately for those who are exposed to frequent stressful situations at work, stress and the immune system are very closely linked. Your immune system maintains internal harmony within your body, so when it is healthy and strong, it is in fighting shape to protect you against unwanted invasion. However, when it is under a lot of stress, it can easily shut down, causing you to fall ill or become exhausted.

Luckily, there are several different ways in which you can help to manage the workplace stress that effects your team and your employees, namely through regular exercise and fitness.

A challenging work-out such as a kickboxing class or a twenty minute job around the block will give you time to clear your mind and can also provide a healthy way to let our some pent up tension and frustration. Breathing and stretching exercises, when done correctly, can also promote relaxation and reduce stress.

Given the beneficial effects that exercise can have on employees, many companies are now beginning to implement helpful employer-sponsored wellness programs, such as the ones offered by Walkingspree, into the workplace. Companies that follow these exercise programs have found that employees who exercise regularly have improved decision making, greater concentration and have a significant drop in absenteeism. The ability to manage the stress and environment of your employees can not only benefit the health and wellness of your staff, but it can also make a big different between their success and failure on the job.

If you are interested in learning more about the many benefits that Walkingspree’s award winning corporate wellness program can offer your business, be sure to contact us today to learn about what our comprehensive program can do for you and your employees.

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