Your employees are most likely experiencing stress each day, whether at home, at work or a combination of the two. And they may not be coping in the healthiest ways. Beyond the immediate effects on your employees’ health and well-being, stress can decrease productivity in the workplace, increase your health insurance costs and impact employee retention.
Educating your employees about stress and creating a culture of health in the workplace can actually produce better returns for shareholders. A recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that companies with a strong corporate health culture outperformed the S&P 500 stock index by 3-5%.
So what can employers do? Help your employees address the topic of stress head on with low- or no-cost strategies you can adopt to become a healthier employer:
- Educate your employees about stress on a larger scale through webinars, guest lectures and other services to help create a deeper understanding of stress, how it can affect your health and ways to cope.
- Implement Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to help provide support in times of need.
- Promote healthy habits and physical activity in the workplace each day.
Discover concrete, actionable and cost effective ways to help your employees manage stress in “Stress: Reframing the Narrative,” a MAXIS stress study brought to you by MetLife, one of the cofounding members of the MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBM).