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The serious implications of workplace stress…

Stress is the bodies way of dealing with pressure. It is a human reaction to life’s demands.

Situations around us can result in high levels of pressure which can trigger an increase in energy and alertness – this is a healthy reaction, but too much can be bad for your health.

Managing stress is something not everyone realises is important. What part of your life causes you the most stress? For many, it’s work.

A 2008 Medibank report found that healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy employees. Unhealthy employees take nine times more sick leave than healthy employees. Those that don’t take sick leave but instead choose to attend work whilst unhealthy are participating in ‘presenteeism’ which the report found to cost employers $10.11 billion a year. That figure is likely to have risen since the report was commissioned and the number of people affected by stress with it.

Stress in the workplace is a serious issue. High levels of workplace stress can have severely negative health impacts. A healthy working environment is essential for healthy staff. Stress Down Day aims to raise money for the Lifeline charity by encouraging a fun a stressless work day in casual dress. Less stress at work is a good thing, even if it is just for one day.

A core part of what 3 Minute Angels do, is to alleviate stress. Our Angels, in your workplace, giving 5-minutes of feel good umpf can make a huge difference to your day. Multiply that by the number of employees who receive a massage and we like to think we’ve made a positive impact on your workplace environment.

Stress Down Day has seen demand for Angels sore; it’s great that our services are associated with de-stressing, but we believe it shouldn’t be just one day that you get to ‘stress down’, it should be all year around.

Tomorrow, speak to your office manager about how you can manage stress in your workplace, we know of one great way…

Support Stress Down Day with a donation, or by taking a photo of your workplaces participation in Stress Down Day & sharing it online. Angels at your workplace? Help spread the message of reducing stress with massage by sharing a photo online tagging @3minuteangels. No Angels visiting your workplace? There’s always next Friday: 1300 662 022.

Click here to view or save the report – it’s only a few pages but worth a read!