Engaging Today’s Workforce: Employee Stress

DMEC Staff@Work

How to Turn Employee Stress into Loyalty

Employee StressBy Joseph P. Heaney

SVP National Account Sales, Group Benefits
MetLife

As work and life continue to blend — thanks to new technologies that allow for increased flexibility with work schedules and locations — employees may discover that finding balance is a challenge. The ability to be “always on” can lead to blurred boundaries and burnout. Employers must leverage existing policies and new programs to give employees ample opportunities to take care of themselves.

According to MetLife’s recently-released 17th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study,1 the top challenge of employers is employee burnout. To avoid burnout, it’s important for employers to understand the issues facing their workforce. The top sources of stress employees cite include personal finances, the work itself, and personal and family health.

Employees who are burdened with stress will be less productive and engaged at work — leading to absenteeism and presenteeism. Additionally, employees with serious personal finance concerns might feel unable to take time for personal or family needs. This only exacerbates issues and can lead to lengthier absences from work down the road if stressors are left unaddressed.

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