Stress in the WorkplaceWe’d expect that healthy employees in healthy workplaces create healthy bottom lines. What may be unexpected is just how big the impact is. We’d expect that work-related stress is also considered a big problem. Did you expect it to be far more critical than smoking or high blood pressure?

Consider these research findings: 

  • Employees with four lifestyle risk factors are absent over 50% more often than those without risk factors, and cost two to three times more in health costs.
  • Employers pay an extra $488/year for every sedentary employee.
  • 97% of respondents agreed that employee health is directly related to corporate success.
  • Canadian employers consider work-related stress to be the most important health risk facing the employees in their organizations (56% of respondents), followed closely by smoking (35%), mental health issues (35%), and high blood pressure (35%).
  • Stressed employees elevate absence costs by 19%, disability costs by 30%, and turnover costs by 40%.
  • Organizations with highly effective workplace wellness programs have performed over 55% higher than their industry peers.
  • A meta-analysis on workplace wellness programs from Harvard researchers found that medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs and that absenteeism costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent.

These conclusions come from a recent article on “The Business Case for Wellness Programs” written by YourWorkPlace editor Karen Richardson.

The YourWorkPlace April 18 conference in Toronto that Vera Asanin and I are kicking off, co-hosting, and closing together is taking shape very well. Click here to check out the program. Presentations, panels, and discussions include:

  • The Changing Workplace Today
  • Leading @ the Speed of Change
  • Supporting Mental Health is a Sound Business Decision
  • Taking Care of Self
  • Managing Employer Brand
  • Foster Engagement
  • Social Media is Here to Stay
  • Thriving Workplaces
  • Breaking Down Silos
  • Building Exceptional Workplaces on a Budget, and
  • The High-Performance Balance

Click here to also watch Simon Sinek’s 18 minute TEDx video on “How Great Leaders Inspire.” Simon will be delivering a keynote on “Start with Why” based on his bestselling book by that title.

Attendees will receive a copy of my latest book, Growing @ the Speed of Change with registration. And as part of our partnership with YourWorkPlace, The CLEMMER Group is offering a $100 discount on registration (discount code CLM100). Click here to register and be sure to use discount code: CLM100 to save $100!

We’ll help you to give ’em health!