Workplace stress is a killer. Most enlightened organizations are aware that reducing work stress can improve employee wellness and boost corporate profits.
Stress speeds our heart rate, raises our blood pressure, slows digestion, increases muscle tension and changes the flow of blood to major muscle groups, among other processes.1
THE CORTISOL CONNECTION
The stress response cycle may be healthy in the short term if you’re running from a bear or fighting an invader, but over time, constant stress erodes our ability to maintain metabolic balance and ward off illness.
Habitually-elevated levels of cortisol produced in response to chronic stress lead to increased risk of developing significant medical conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Skin disorders
- Poor memory
- Lower resistance to infections
Stress has even been linked to the development of cancer.2
THE DAILY GRIND
Work is reported by six out of ten Americans to be a significant source of stress, next only to money, cited by 64%. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has declared stress a hazard of the workplace and higher stress levels correlate with increased likelihood of costly workplace accidents.3-4
Between 75% and 90% of all physician visits are for stress-related ailments.1