Stress In The Workplace

 

Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on controlling psychosocial hazards, you can save between three to six dollars on your bottom line!

We can learn many things about stress management and how stress management can benefit workplaces. For example, dairy farmers are drastically changing the way in which cows are raised. Dairy farmers have found that creating a relaxing, non-stressful environment for the cows turns into better profits.  Cows no longer are cooped up in small stalls, or separated from their young; instead they roam freely in pastures.  Come milking time, the cows go in a modern, high-tech barn that is designed for maximum comfort. The floors are made of stainless steel, that’s so that the robotic squeegee can scrape all waste matter away to prevent disease. The cows also have access to large “car-wash type” brushes that automatically spin when a cow is present, this is to help the cow get at those irritating itches. Milking the cow is accomplished by a laser guided machine that finds each nipple, all without any person touching the cow.  Once hooked up, the machine monitors the milk for any temperature changes or disease. To further reduce stress the cow is always with their young, even when it’s time for milking.

Dairy farmers say that a happy cow gives more milk, and that the milk is better quality. They are witnessing positive results from their investment in stress management.

How can we apply stress management to everyday workers? We need to first realize that stressed workers are less productive, more prone to accidents, have more sick days, and cost the company many thousands of dollars on the bottom line.

The solution to these problems can come through a good stress management program where employees feel good about coming to work and doing the best job they can. Creating this friendly, non-confrontational atmosphere can be attained through: commitment, desire, and proper leadership. The monetary cost of stress management can be minimal when you understand your psychosocial hazards that exist in your workplace, and you control them.

Over the past twenty years of health and safety management, there has been much study on the term Psychosocial hazard, and, if it really exists in our workplaces.  The Ministry of Labor, W.S.I.B., Health and Safety Professionals, C.S.A and Union Leaders all recognize that psychosocial hazards are real, and that they can be controlled just as much as physical hazards.

Holy Cow!

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Posted on December 17, 2014, in Business, inspiring, leadership, psychology and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I’m passing this on to my husband, he works in mental health and one of the issues they are dealing with is work related stress and depression. Thank you for the insight you’ve given here.

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    • Thanks very much! I wish more people would wake up to the fact that happy workplaces are more productive. All in good time

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      • I know – to mean totally apart from the moral perspective it is good economic sense as well and I don’t understand why the government and business doesn’t support it more.

        We do have mental health days as time off in Australia but there is still the stigma about using them so people having problems are more likely to use sick leave or annual leave and avoid any questions. I do have hope it will change in time.

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  2. Wonderful blog, John. I agree that stress will hinder performance. Adding more work or making changes without consideration of the employees is an equation to an unhealthy environment.

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  3. I need to show this to my manager.

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  4. good food for thought. stress in the workplace is for everyone to manage.

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  5. Thank-you very much!
    More to come…

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  6. Great analogy to dairy farming- it is amazing the toll stress can take on performance. I look forward to reading more on your blog.

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