From previous BLOGS, we know that workplace stress can easily affect job performance, as it directly influences your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Research has shown that work stress is increasingly associated with depressive disorders and suicide, which ultimately highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy work environment. While it’s obvious that stress has the ability to negatively impact an individual’s mental health, there is a way that you can change your relationship with stress, and even use it as a tool to motivate.
Depression isn’t always easy to catch. There’s a stigma surrounding depression that leads people to believe that depression is not being able to get out of bed, or hiding in a dark room all day, or never smiling and laughing. While these can be considered as signs of depression, there are also many symptoms that are harder to recognize, and just as worrisome.
With Canada’s legalization of cannabis in October 2018, nearly a quarter of adult Canadians reported to consuming cannabis in the last few months of 2018. Although cannabis has the potential to help those who use it for medicinal purposes, it remains a cause for concern when brought into the workplace. When working in a safety-sensitive environment, the use of marijuana can cause an increase in accidents and injuries, putting both the individual using the substance and employees around them at risk.
In our past BLOGS, we’ve learned that factors like substance abuse, injury, and illness can cost your company a very significant amount of money. However, this is money loss that can be prevented, or at the very least, mitigated, with a few simple steps. While it’s impossible to completely eradicate workplace injuries, there is a way that your company can take action after an employee injury to help save you time, energy, and money, while still ensuring the wellbeing of your staff.
Not only can fatigue take a heavy toll on your day-to-day life, but it also increases the risk of workplace accidents or injuries. Fatigue can be described as a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency, usually accompanied by a feeling of weariness and tiredness. It can be caused by a number of different factors, such as unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace stress, and medical conditions. Fatigue can seriously affect your workplace performance, which not only affects your own health, but possibly the health of those around you as well.
Substance abuse makes an increasingly negative impact on businesses, causing an overall loss of time, money, and productivity. Workplace substance abuse costs companies around 100 billion dollars each year, which is money loss that can easily be prevented by having your company perform workplace drug and alcohol testing.
Stress is often considered to be a very negative aspect of our lives, as it can directly affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Stress can be defined as a reaction to a situation or to a perceived threat, and it’s not difficult to determine that stressful situations often arise in the workplace. According to Statistics Canada, work is the leading cause of stress for Canadians, as employees often feel stressed when they experience a lack of control in the workplace, or are unable to meet the demands of the job.
If you don’t think that prioritizing your employees’ mental wellbeing saves your organization time and money, think again. In a study conducted by the CDC, depression was found to cause around 200 million lost workdays a year, costing employers of $17 to $44 billion dollars. If that statistic isn’t staggering enough, another study shows that happy employees increase their productivity by 12-20 percent over unhappy employees.