5 Ways to Calm Stress at Work

5 Ways to Calm Stress at Work

When Aon Hewitt, a human resources and management consulting company, polled thousands of employees to find out the source of stress in their lives, the top four reasons all had one source – work. That doesn’t mean most people hate their jobs or are miserable at the office. The reality is anyone who works has probably experienced tension, anxiety and assorted worries related to their work environment from time to time. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) points out that even if you absolutely love what you do, your job can include stressful pressures such as having to meet deadlines. Problems develop, however, when stress at work is chronic. And, if you lack coping strategies, it can result in a variety of health woes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), chronic stress can trigger digestive symptoms, headaches, sleeplessness, depression, anger and irritability. People who experience stress regularly …

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Lack of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Lack Of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Offices designed with open and shared workspaces have been popular for decades – at least, with people designing office buildings. Research indicates that those who actually work in shared spaces aren’t necessarily happy about it. Moreover, open work spaces may not be the best idea for a company’s bottom line. A new study questioned 10,000 workers in 14 countries about their office environments and working patterns. The results show that the number one complaint from employees is a lack of privacy in their work areas. The research suggests not having private workspaces undermines the ability of some workers to do their best at their jobs, damages their level of engagement, hurts morale and can negatively affect an organization’s productivity. The Impact of too Little Privacy in the Workplace The extensive international research, carried out by global market research company IPSOS and the Workspace Futures Team of Steelcase (an international leader in the office furniture industry), found that almost all the …

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