Why you should take Advantage of Stress Management Programs


A stress free employee is a happy employee, which is why the number of companies offering stress management programs for their employees has grown in recent years. Employers have realized that stress has a direct negative effect on your overall health and wellness, which can decrease productivity and performance.

Stress also affects mental health. A recent Morneau Shepell survey revealed mental health is a leading cause of absenteeism in the workplace, and is as high a priority for employers as reducing drug costs. According to a 2010 report by the Institute of Health Economics, an Alberta-based non-profit, the costs to cover the annual mental health illness absenteeism and presenteeism is about 6.3 billion.

In order to reduce costs and improve employee wellness, 35% of employers offer stress reduction programs in 2013, up from 22% in 2010, according to Aon Hewitt’s Health Care Survey of large and mid-size U.S. employers. However, the survey found that only 3% of employees actually participated in an employer-sponsored stress management program in 2013. Almost 25% said they didn’t believe their employer offers any programs or services to deal with stress.

Aon Hewitt recommends that employers should encourage employees to take advantage of stress reduction programs, and take vacation time. They may also want to consider offering flextime or work-share options. Employers can also improve mental health by discovering the causes of stress and proposing potential solutions. Providing mental health support will not only help to reduce costs, but will also make the company seem more attractive to potential employees and help retain current employees.

Stress management programs are beneficial for everyone. They can help improve mental health and make you a productive and happy person, so take advantage of them!




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