Workplace stress is starting to become more of an epidemic than a small problem for many businesses and their employees. Studies have found that nearly 46% of overall stress working class people experience is workload stress, surpassing work-life balance stress, professional relationship stress, and job security stress. This is dangerous for many reasons. An overworked employee that deals with an unreasonable amount of workload stress could eventually experience a nervous breakdown. The problem is, sometimes workload issues cannot be avoided within a company. There are ways to help employees deal with workload stress and keep teams healthy, happy, and motivated.
The dangers of unchecked workplace stress for Phoenix employees
The physical, emotional, and behavioral problems that stem from workplace stress are alarming. The symptoms of workplace stress, when left unchecked and unmanaged, will also lead to poor productivity for a business.
Some of the physical symptoms and repercussions of workplace stress:
- Skin – disorders, including hives, breakouts.
- Chronic – headaches and migraines.
- Cardio-vascular – problems and increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Sudden onset of allergies.
- Breathing – problems such as asthma and chronic hyperventilation.
- Insomnia – and sleep disorders.
- Stomach – problems and lack of appetite.
Some of the emotional and behavioral symptoms and repercussions of workplace stress:
- Aggressive behavior.
- Substance abuse.
- Eating disorders like bulimia and binge eating disorder.
- Increased workplace conflict.
- Lack of productivity.
- Chronic irritability and poor conflict resolution between employees.
- Increased probability of accidents.
- Social isolation.
- Memory lapses.
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions.
- High turnover rate due to termination or quitting.
Should businesses be responsible for managing workplace stress?
Corporations should absolutely responsible for managing and reducing workplace stress. Not only is the mental health of employees a personal responsibility and moral obligation of a company, but refusing to manage such issues could cause a company to perform poorly and see serious reduction in productivity.
What can leaders do to improve workplace stress management?
If your business or workplace team is experiencing an epidemic of serious workplace stress, there are many ways to combat the problem. Leaders should first look into the working conditions, workload distribution, management quality, and rates of harassment that could be occurring in their workplace. Once those major factors are confronted and steps are in place to improve workplace conditions, there are several other methods that can be implemented to help even further.
Corporate team building in Phoenix is a great way to reduce workplace stress. Team building exercises with a focus on physical release, mental release, using problem solving techniques, and building interpersonal relationships with coworkers can make the difference between a negative workplace and a positive workplace. Corporate team building doesn’t have to be extravagant, either. Activities can be implemented that are short, long, daily, weekly, etc. Professional team coaching organizations like Direct Effect Team Building offers ideas and services that can be specifically tailored to a business’ team size, focus, and needs.
What kind of team building activities can help relieve workplace stress?
Direct Effect Team Building offers several activities that would work wonderfully at reducing workplace stress:
Kayak and Tube River Rallies: Nothing treats stress like a vacation, even a mini one! A fun and exciting adventure in team building like River Rally could be just what your team needs. Participants of all sport levels can compete in a river race on kayaks or inner tubes to find clues and checkpoints. Each task will lead teams closer and closer to the finish line where top teams receive custom awards. The focus of this activity is to help teams come out of their shell and be exposed to new experiences, stimulate strategic thinking, have fun and laugh, and strengthen relationships between employees. Your team can have fun, relieve some stress, and learn to rely on their coworkers during the race and back at the office.
Team Jeopardy Game Show: What do you get when you mix a little bit of friendly competition, mental stimulation, and loads of laughs? A game show! The Team Jeopardy activity is an interactive trivia competition that is not only tons of fun but helps build your team’s ability to work together to solve problems. Each round features a new category to keep things fresh and interesting. Categories can also be custom tailored to your team’s knowledge and you can even add questions and answers based on what your business produces. Hilarity will surely ensue. This activity focuses on increasing energy, having fun in a team, offering friendly competition, building relationships, offers temporary stress distraction, and establishes team anchors and spirit.
Who can help my Phoenix company implement effective team building exercises?
Direct Effect Team Building in Phoenix can definitely help. Direct Effect Team Building believes the mental health of a company’s employees is not only important but a personal responsibility of workplace leaders and corporation staff to maintain. We offer a wide variety of team building exercises and activities that can help offer physical and emotional release for employees, along with creative and professional workshops and consulting services. Connect with us on social media or direct from our website to see how Direct Effect Team Building can give your workforce the confidence boost they need.
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