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This website is designed to help employers and employee health program planners understand how to reduce workplace stressors. In workplaces where job-related stress is common, this is a vital component of employee health promotion and health protection programs. This website is focused on reducing exposure to stressors in the workplace, not on stress reduction strategies for individual workers.
Working life can be an important source of social support, intellectual challenge, esteem, control, and security - all of which contribute to workers' well-being. However, when the requirements of the job do not match the decision-making authority and skill level of the worker, or if the efforts made on the job do not match the rewards (such as support, respect, security, satisfaction, etc.), then the result may be job stress.
For workers, job stress can lead to health problems such as headaches, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal disorders, and even cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. For companies, job stress lowers company productivity and leads to high absenteeism and high turnover rates.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has produced a video on Working With Stress.
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Job stressors refer to aspects of job design, organizational practices, or the physical or social environment that can negatively impact health.
Job stress can have both short term (e.g. sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating) and long term (e.g. cardiovascular disease) health effects.
Job stress costs American companies more than $300 billion a year in health costs, absenteeism, and poor performance.
Effective interventions focus on prevention, while also addressing stress-related illnesses.
Take steps to control job stress by addressing organizational policies, job design, and social supports.
Personal adjustments can help reduce stress levels as well as decrease the negative effects of stress.
Helpful fact sheets, surveys, presentation materials, videos, and more.
Access a variety of literature on the correlation between workplace stress and health.
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