Everyone knows that stress is not good for you. But what if I told you it’s not good for your business, too? When we’re stressed out, our body sends out stress hormones through our body, one of them being cortisol. Those hormones affect our brain function, and more specifically our memory. And when there’s too much cortisol released, our brain has trouble generating new memories and accessing existing ones.
The cost of stress affects several bodily functions, and when we’re stressed, our brain gets washed with powerful hormones that are meant to help us in emergencies. So when we’re chronically stressed, these hormones damage and kill brain cells. Yikes.
Needless to say, stress can really impede our work productivity and make us much more ineffective at our work.
In fact, job stress costs U.S. companies $300 BILLION from turnover, absenteeism and loss of productivity. Ouch! There’s a lot of reasons for work/job stress. Sometimes it has to do with low salaries, too-heavy a workload, bad bosses, work-life balance, and so on.
We outlined some of these factors and the cost of stress in the infographic below, and what changes you can make at your company to help lower stress levels among your employees.
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