Stress isn’t simply tough on employees. It’s also bad for corporations’ bottom lines. As B Leader Arianna Huffington explains, stressed-out employees are less focused and less motivated, leading to a loss of productivity from turn-over, sick leave, and worth an estimated $300 billion in the United States alone — and that figure does not include the additional twelve-figure annual price tag treating conditions exacerbated by stress and fatigue.
What, then, is the answer? There is no silver bullet, according to Huffington. A combination of changes are needed to reduce the increasing trends of work-place stress — changes in leave policy, in resources available to employees, and, perhaps most fundamentally, in underlying corporate culture. Those companies that want to take care of their shareholders’ financial wellbeing should make sure they are truly invested in the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees as well.
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