Most conscientious HR leaders today understand the importance of wellness programs for employee stress management. Reducing workplace stress contributes to long-term employee happiness, worker retention and productivity, leading to a new trend in more comprehensive mind and body wellness initiatives.
The problem that many HR pros face? Convincing upper management that programs especially focused on stress management are not just “nice to haves” but rather, essential tools to improve both employee health and the health of the business. Stress leads to higher healthcare costs for businesses, lower productivity among employees, and lower employee morale, leading to lower retention and associated hiring costs. In short: Stress in the workplace is a big deal, and it’s worthwhile for the C-suite to take notice.