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Workplace Culture: Employers Flunk Reducing Employee Stress

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 22nd, 2016

Employers are doing a poor job of reducing employee stress and creating a less stressful workplace culture, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

workplace culture reduce stressAmong working adults who said they experienced a great deal of stress at work in the past 12 months, 85 % rated the efforts of their workplace to reduce stress as fair or poor.

Overall, 43% of working adults said their job negatively affects their stress levels. Others said it affected their eating habits (28%), sleeping habits (27%) and weight (22 %).

About 22% of working adults say something at their jobs may be harmful to their health.

“The takeaway here is that job No. 1 for U.S. employers is to reduce stress in the workplace,” said Robert J. Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard Chan School, who directed the survey.

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