How to avoid workplace stress and boost your people’s wellbeing

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Workplace stress affects the wellbeing of professionals across the globe—and according to Gallup’s most recent State of the Global Workplace report, it’s been on the rise for 15 years.

According to the report, 44 percent of respondents said they experienced negative emotions the previous day. 

In the European Union, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) carried out a survey in 2022 in which 26.8 percent of the 27,000 respondents reported feeling “stress, depression, or anxiety caused or made worse by work.”

Similarly, a report by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that a whopping 79 percent of American professionals “experienced work-related stress in the month before the survey.” 

And it doesn’t stop at wellbeing. Workplace stress costs the United Kingdom’s economy £28 billion annually. It costs the United States more than $300 billion. 

But there is a silver lining for businesses: Investing in mental health and wellbeing is financially beneficial. Research by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that for every $1 businesses invest in mental health, they see a $4 return in improved health and productivity. 

In fact, proactively addressing stress can significantly reduce absenteeism, improve retention rates, and nurture a happier, healthier work environment. 

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