What does Stress Cost Us?
- Physical, Mental, Emotional Distortions
- Overworking, Workaholism, Numbing
- Obsessive Compulsions, Ruminations
- Overeating, Obesity, Stuffing
- Shopping, Spending, Filling the Void
- Sex, Porn. Internet, Gaming
- Gambling, Risking, Edging
- Alcohol Consumption, Alcoholism
- Pharmaceuticals, Drugs, Psychotropics, Opioids
Each of us deals with stress differently. Stress and anxiety contribute to a host of issues, including health issues, chronic illness, addictions, absenteeism, dissatisfaction, burnout, inattention, inefficiency, reduced creativity and conflict at home or work. If you don’t develop the “mental muscles” needed to focus, compassionately, with open awareness and non-judgment, problems continue to grow. By not being mindful, we are not aware of the toll created by our bodies, minds, spirits, and emotions. The results can be troubling, costly and destructive to ourselves, families, friends, employers and communities.
Working Mindfulness is an opportunity to find more time to laugh, to be with family, friends, co-workers, community, or simply be by ourselves. We can BE being human beings, judging less, loving more and accepting our lives and the company of others. You are the captain of your own destiny, the master of your soul.
What Stress Cost Us?
- Stress and anxiety: According to the World Health Organization, stress costs American businesses as much as $300 billion a year. No wonder, since “three- quarters of Americans experience physical or psychological symptoms related to stress in a given month,” “one-third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress,” and “one-half of Americans report lying awake at night because of stress.” 1 According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “70% of all illness, both physical and mental, is linked to stress.”
- Sickness and Absenteeism: Studies show that U.S. employers spend 200 to 300 percent more for the indirect costs of health care — in the form of absenteeism, sick days, and lower productivity — than they do on actual health care payments. In the 2011 Absence Management Survey from CIPD (a global HR development organization), stress was the most common cause of long-term absence due to illness for both manual and non-manual employees.
- Dissatisfaction and Burnout: A 2011 study by Opinion Matters of 500 IT administrators from various firms revealed that 72% were stressed, 67% considered switching careers, 85% said their job intruded on their personal life, and 42% lost sleep over work. 4 According to John Izzo, author of Values-Shift: The New Work Ethic and What It Means for Business, employees suffering from burnout may show up for work, but their apathy reduces their productivity, stultifies innovation, and contributes to inertia.
- Conflict in the workplace: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employees in 2008 spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict, equating to approximately $359 billion in paid hours. 5 One estimate suggests that 27 percent of employees have witnessed conflict turn into a personal attack, and 25 per¬cent say that the avoidance of conflict has resulted in sickness or absence from work.
- Lack of creativity: Management research confirms that business and organizations that can generate creativity and innovation outperform their competitors in terms of market share, profitability, growth and market capitalization. Innovative organizations are better able to mobilize the knowledge, skills, and experiences of their employees and successfully create new products, services and ways of getting things done faster, better and cheaper. But stress, burnout, illness, inattention, and rigid, habitual ways of thinking inhibit creativity and stifle innovation.
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