Undetected, extreme stress silently erodes the productivity of a company, chipping away at morale – and increasing the chances of high turnover and low motivation.
Undiagnosed stress causes 60% of all illness and disease. High stress levels are a strong indication of workplace disengagement, a known factor in failing companies. Stress causes organizations $300 billion in lost productivity and medical costs every year.
The Stress Quotient® assessment asks a series of questions to help determine if an individual’s stress levels are stretched to unhealthy extreme levels. It measures seven different types of stress:
Being challenged at work can escalate into having a highly demanding job. Often a result of poorly designed jobs, stress resulting from excessive demand happens when workloads become overwhelming or skills or talents don’t match the position.
Efforts/Reward Balance Stress
When high levels of output and effort are met with minimal rewards – whether that be compensation, a promotion or simple recognition for a job well done – and individual’s stress can skyrocket. Without and effort/reward balance, an employee can feel disconnected, unmotivated and even angry.
Feeling powerless is a universal cause of job stress. Lack of control comes from high responsibility paired with low authority, not being heard, not being involved and others not understanding your work.
Organization Control Stress
Changes within the organization – from management restructuring to new policies and procedures – impact individuals differently. For some, it bring apprehension, insecurity and confusion – all which can raise stress levels when changes are not properly communicated or understood.
Reasonable directives from your boss should be expected. It’s when he or she creates enormous pressure or challenges, to the point of it hindering your workload, that cause stress to increase.
Social Support Stress
An unsupportive social environment can cause workplace stress. Managers who don’t provide clear and consistent information and co-workers who fail to assist one another leaves employees feeling unengaged and unproductive.
Job Security Stress
Fearing for your job is extremely stressful. However, stress can also be caused by lack of advancement, being promoted too slowly or being promoted to quickly to be successful in the job.
Stress shows up in different ways for different individuals. The Stress Quotient looks at four major symptoms of stress:
Physical: Low energy, aches and pains, frequent illness
Emotional: Irritability, feeling overwhelmed, moodiness
Cognitive: Inability to concentrate, memory problems, poor judgement
Behavioral: Eating or sleeping issues, procrastination, nervous habits
Stress Quotient® assessments is available for Leaders, Individual and Group.
Only when you understand how much and what type of stress your organization is dealing with, can you begin to create a more productive work environment.