Workplace Stress, A Leading Concern for Indian Companies

Workplace Stress In India

As per the new report by Kronos Incorporated, India is the most overworked country in the world where workplace stress is the most common health concern to fight with by the corporates. The report shows that 69% of corporate employees in India are ready to work for five days a week even if they are allowed to work for lesser days.

According to another survey done recently on corporate professionals in India, 65% of working Indians would like to learn a new skill if they are allowed to work four days a week while 60% of the Indian employees would prefer the extended working hours so they grow more in their profession.

Stress at work results in an unhealthy mind which causes poor productivity in employees. Another report by the World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed that workplace stress is costing nearly $1 trillion annually to the international economy.

Stress is forming to become a serious subject of concern in India that can lead to various health complications in the employees. Stress is termed as a silent killer which is the main cause of depression in the workplace and poor business performance. It needs to be addressed by the employers on a priority basis to save the complete ecosystem of the organization from being unhealthy and less productive.

Unhealthy Corporate Culture is Causing Stress in the Employees

Stress Drivers at Work

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Why are Indian Employees the Most Stressed? As per the Linkedin report, A large number of employees in India work under stress due to:

  • Excessive workload and Tight deadlines for project delivery that disturbs their work-life balance
  • Fear of job security because of automation people have started losing jobs.
  • Bad work/colleagues politics.

In order to deal with stress smartly, Employees must consider practising the following key skills:

  • Start saying “No” to excessive work which is not important so you can deliver the most important work in an efficient manner without any stress.
  • Try to be a learner of new technologies and trends to make yourself always open for the opportunities. This will help to reduce the stress levels caused by job security.
  • Start involving in healthy politics to make smart moves in your job role. This will help you to gain authorized influence.

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Companies have now realised the adverse impact of stress in the workplace and started redefining their human resource policies to improve the work-life balance of the employees. Besides the companies have also started supporting the mental health and well-being of employees as WHO said, “Workplaces that support the mental health of people can reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and revenue”.

The organizations who thoroughly understand the worth of workplace wellness run a separate unit of experts and health professionals to design and execute the wellness programs in an effective manner. However, the approach towards corporate wellness needs to be such that the dedicated wellness team manages the complete lifecycle of the program from assessment to delivery, tracking health insights and further monitoring.

A few of the organizations in India have started to engage the families of employees in the workplace wellness programs understanding the value of a holistic approach of employee well-being to lower the stress levels and increase performance at work.

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