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Employee Wellness: An Essential Component to Improved Morale, Optimal Performance and Decreased Costs

Posted by Dr. Felice Carlton on March 23, 2020 at 6:04 PM

Importance of Employee Wellness

From a financial standpoint, organizations inadvertently spend a lot of money on decreased productivity. The United States spends about $300 billion every year on lost productivity. This means that someone could physically be present at work, but unable to function at their full capacity due to mental distractions, depression, staff turnover, or some other reason that may breed a stressful situation. Employee wellness extends into every area of your organization/entity so acknowledging it should be a priority. Stress is one of the leading root causes of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, headaches/migraines, digestive issues, and a multitude of other health issues that can impact all demographics.

 

Signs of Stress

  • Low energy
  • Emotional instability
  • Anxiety
  • GI/Digestive Issues
  • Weight Gain 
  • Heart Disease
  • Absenteeism 

It is important to create a culture of understanding where your staff and employees can freely express their level of stress and its cause. Maybe the workload is too much, which can be addressed by something as simple as instilling the importance of taking real breaks whether its a lunch break or two 15-minute breaks to reset their focus. Taking the time and effort to consider stress in the workplace ultimately leads to more produtctivity.