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With Hurricane Florence set to slam into the East Coast, large employers are activating emergency preparedness plans and preparing to extend assistance and support to those affected.
We can’t always predict a natural disaster and the damage it will cause, but we can take steps to be prepared and extend assistance and support to those affected.
A recent study by Truven Health found that 42% of employees are stressed. And while 27% of employees say that they’re coping, 15% are not.1 “Stress is a reality for most, especially when the work itself is by its very nature stressful (such as health care),” says Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness that Works and CEO of Motion Infusion. “But the real question is how do we become more resilient in the face of these demands?” The answer, Laura contends, is to “make it the job of every organization, every leader and every manager to ensure that resilience-building practices, such as offering compassion, expressing gratitude, exhibiting positivity, and prioritizing well-being, are modeled, encouraged and normalized at work.”
According to the World Health Organization, “work-related stress is the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope. Stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances, but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.”
Across the health care system, treatment of mental health conditions has traditionally taken a back seat to physical health. The same is true for emotional well-being; for years, wellness programs have focused on behaviors like healthy eating, exercise and smoking cessation, and less so on improving the emotional state of the employee. But in recent years, mental health and emotional well-being have become increasingly important to health care providers, employers, health plans and, of course, employees.
Encouraging employees to take all of their allotted time-off (PTO) each year is a cost effective way to improve overall employee well-being.
According to a recent report by Project: Time Off, 55% of surveyed American workers did not use all of their vacation or PTO days in 2015. This translates to 658 million unused days.1 While the impact this has on employees and their stress level, job satisfaction and overall well-being has been widely publicized, employers are also negatively affected by PTO/vacation carryover.
Americans really are workaholics, according to a new poll of employed adults, with consequences for their own health, the health of others, and maybe the health and sustainable performance of their employers.
Despite the benefits of EAPs, low engagement rates mean employers are struggling to demonstrate how the program provides value. In response, new trends are driving changes in EAP design and delivery to better support many aspects of an employee’s life.
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