Stress at Work

The ability to handle stress is important for employees and the institution they work in. Stress at work affects turnover with 51% of workers leaving their job or decline a promotion because of stress (American Psychological Association, 2009).  In addition, high turnover can be costly for companies “various sources suggest that the estimated costs to replace an employee range from 1.5 to 4 times their annual salary” (Hersey, Blanchard, & Johnson, 2008, p. 83).

In 2017, it was reported that 53% of companies had some type of wellness programs in place and 8% planed to add a program. Employers are using these programs to create a less stressed workforce with employees who are more focused and healthier overall. Studies show mindfulness on the job can reduce cortisol levels, increase one’s ability to fight off illness and improve listening skills.

With so much evidence, it is easy to see why mindfulness is growing quickly across the country.

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