Monday, March 1, 2021

Work-Life Balance: Stress

Work is the main source of stress for most Americans. Stress’ connection to obesity for workers in sedentary jobs is more significant than diet, according to research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The effects stress on heart health can be deadly.

Signs of Stress:

Overemotional: People under stress can find it difficult to control their emotions.

Lethargy: The physiological impact of stress can cause lethargy.

Restlessness: Stress can make it difficult to focus, causing hyperactivity and restlessness. 

Anxiety: Prolonged stress can cause anxiety disorders.


Employers have the opportunity to improve work-life balance for their employees and increase productivity at the same time. Using the resources that employers have at their disposal to change work conditions may seem counterproductive, but they are effective. 


Traditionally, employers set all of the parameters concerning jobs. Keeping all of the control, however, augments stress on employees. Simply offering employees more control over their lives and establishing better work-life balance will help alleviate this stress. Studies show that employee control actually increases loyalty and productivity. 

Ways to offer control:

• Flex time

• Job sharing

• Telecommuting

These are just a few examples of employee control. Anything that empowers an employee to take charge of his or her life offers employee control.

Until next time... 


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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