More than a quarter of Canadian workers reported being highly stressed at work in a recently published Stats Can survey. Some useful tips to manage stress.
In 2010, slightly more than one in four Canadian workers described their day-to-day lives as highly stressful, according to Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey (GSS). Roughly 3.7 million people described their lives on most days to be “quite a bit” or “extremely” stressful, meaning that they went through a regular day feeling a high level of stress in the workplace.
These statistics mirror the numbers reported in the 2005 GSS, indicating that not much has changed at work to address the high prevalence of stressed workers. Not only does this have health implications for those workers, but it also means lost productivity through absenteeism, reduced work output, and increased disability claims.
Here are some simple ways to keep calm at work
We also know that workers who aren’t stressed by their work may also be affected by stress brought into the work environment by their co-workers. This phenomenon, called second-hand stress, can be as contagious as a cold or flu virus. Unfortunately there is no quick cure for second-hand stress.
Here are some tips to help avoid second-hand stress