A Recent Study Shows That Workers Are Increasingly Stressed and James P. Murphy & Associates Wants Business Owners to Understand How to Prevent It

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Stress is noted as the reason for half of the sick leave in the United States. Stress can lead to injury and the local agents want employers to be protected.

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Work-related stress seems to be an increasing problem for the United States, with many employees citing it as being something that is difficult to cope with when coupled with their daily lives.

In the United States, there is an increasingly strong push for employees to remain “on” at all times. With most full-time employees working 40 or more hours in a typical work-week, it has been found that there is an increase in the amount of stress Americans are feeling. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA), stress is reason for half of the sick leave days workers are taking.

Work-related stress seems to be an increasing problem for the United States, with many employees citing it as being something that is difficult to cope with when coupled with their daily lives. Managing a work-life balance has always been an important goal for employees, but lately, it seems, that is becoming progressively more difficult to do. More so, in many cases, workplace-related stress is cited as one of the top reasons workers end up filing for workers compensation.

Although OHSA is working diligently to review the causes and effects of work-related stress in the United States, it is important for employers to be proactive right now about the impact it can have on employees. At James P. Murphy & Associates, the local insurance agents have compiled tips for managing work-related stress that they encourage all employers to share with their employees to avoid “burn outs” and illness.

1.    Recharge with physical activity: Even a brisk walk outside during lunch is enough to get endorphins going and positive energy flowing
2.    Take a deep breath: Work can get overwhelming, but taking a moment to stop and breathe is healthy for your brain. It will enable you to grab a hold of the situation before it becomes too much to handle.
3.    Avoid information overload: The “always on” mentality can get overwhelming fast. In order to get through the workday in the most productive manner, avoid tapping into e-mail constantly. Set aside time to check and respond, but do not feel the need to be glued to the email.
4.    Create a stimulating and soothing work environment: If an employee is spending 40+ hours a week at their desk or in their office, a way to help productivity and lessen stress is to create an environment that is calming. If listening to soothing music helps, bring in headphones. Some employees even benefit from having plants on their desk, motivating words of wisdom or family photos.

Encouraging employees to learn about effective stress-management techniques is only half the battle. Employers should also protect themselves by obtaining adequate and comprehensive workers compensation insurance. Business owners in Connecticut are encouraged to talk with the agents at James P. Murphy & Associates about their options today. Safety and security from workers compensation is imperative for employees and employers alike, and a highly effective way to combat work-related stress today.

About James P. Murphy & Associates:

James P. Murphy & Associates has been serving the needs of businesses and residents in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey for the past 30 years. With a staff that has an average of 20 years of insurance experience, local businesses and residents can put their trust in the agency to find the right insurance for their needs and to deliver that insurance with the highest levels of service, efficiency and professionalism. The agency’s priority is to build one-on-one relationships with customers to guarantee all of their needs are being met and the service they experience exceeds expectations.

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