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Empower Staff to Tackle Stress

25 February 2009

Empower Staff to Tackle Stress

As the recession deepens and anxiety takes hold, OH can play a vital role in helping staff avoid falling victim to stress.

Increased anxiety brought about by financial and job insecurity now pose a risk to employee health, with two in three workers claiming they feel more stressed, run down and prone to illness since the credit crunch.

A serious issue for OH is that increased stess can have a direct impact on employee health in itself, causing increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is proven to suppress immunity, making those most under pressure more susceptible to viruses.

Heightened levels of stress can also lead to other symptoms, including reduced ability to sleep, loss of appetite and tendency towards maladaptive behaviours, such as excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, further damaging the individual's physical and mental wellbeing.

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