How to Ease Workers' Worries

There are many ways for employers to recognize the causes of stress in the workplace, and put steps in place to fix them

Studies show that job stress costs U.S. industries more than $300 billion a year in expenses incurred from accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, and diminished productivity, as well as direct medical, legal, and insurance costs to business owners. A recent Gallup Poll reported that 80% of workers feel job stress. Nearly half said they need help in learning how to manage stress. John Ayala, Los Angeles-area president of ADP TotalSource, a professional employer organization, has compiled a list of stress-prevention strategies for employers. He shared some tips recently with Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein.

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