Workplace Culture: Supporting Coworkers Reduces YOUR Stress

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 26th, 2016

In what’s becoming a common part of our workplace culture: 73% of workers in America admit to being stressed. Americans spend $300 billion on healthcare costs related to stress. According to the American Institute of Stress, the most common causes for workplace stress are personnel issues, workload, work-life balance and job security. Additionally, the American Psychological Association says millennials are the most stressed–and for a generation looking to innovate and advance their careers, this is a problem.

workplace culture supportive coworkers reduces stressSo what can we do about this debilitating issue that’s impacting our productivity and our job satisfaction? According to a February 2016 study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the cure to stress is in supporting and encouraging our coworkers more. The study found that those who verbalize support of their coworkers had decreased levels of stress and increased job satisfaction. Giving encouragement and support was even more beneficial to individuals than receiving it. Researchers discovered that giving support showed biological changes in the brain to reduce stress though receiving support did not.

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