J.D. Irving Limited (JDI) employs a large workforce of employees across four generations, spread throughout North America. Their leadership noticed the impact workplace stress was having on their staff, so they took a big first step: prioritizing employee well-being and looking for ways they could help.
Unfortunately, finding a resource to help employees of all ages was a challenge. Ultimately, they invested in an employee assistance program (EAP) that combined counseling with work-life services and wellness tools.
“I’ve personally dealt with employees requiring the support this program offers,” said Mary Martell, the Director at Irving Health Services. “They come into my office and they are so grateful, commending the caring, empathetic, and meaningful solutions we give them.”
Because April is Stress Awareness Month, now is as good a time as any to start helping your workforce like JDI helped theirs. Workplace stress can be debilitating and hurt the health of your staff and your overall productivity, especially when it disrupts their sleep.
CareerBuilder’s March 2016 survey found that nearly three in five workers feel like they don’t get enough sleep, which can be costly. Sixty-one percent of employees surveyed say a lack of sleep impacts their work in some way. Many say they experience a loss of productivity and motivation, they make more mistakes, and their memory is affected.
The fact is, workplace stress doesn’t go away, so you need to teach employees and give them the tools and support to help manage it. Otherwise, they’ll continue to hurt their health and get closer to burning out.
The infographic below — compiled by LifeWorks, an EAP that takes a holistic approach to employee assistance and well-being — offers tips on how you can empower your team to manage their stress and improve employee well-being.
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