Magazine article HRMagazine

Help Keep Employees' Stress in Check

Magazine article HRMagazine

Help Keep Employees' Stress in Check

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With managers able to reach workers at any time of day or night via e-mail and text, the boundary between work and personal time has gotten fuzzier than ever. And employees are feeling the strain. A March 2015 survey of 160,000 employees around the world found that more than 1 in 3 reported feeling above-average stress.

Contributing to the problem is the fact that some jobs are no longer measured by the time a worker puts in, but by goals and quotas that may require more than the standard eight-hour workday.

"It's tough to know when to officially shut down and move away from work for the day," said Liz Kelly, CEO and founder of employee engagement consultancy Brilliant Ink.

On its website, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines job stress as "the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. …

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