Can stress management programs be effective in reducing stress?
There is evidence that such programs can work. If implemented correctly, stress management programs can teach employees about the nature and sources of stress and the differences between situational stress, acute stress and chronic stress. The effects of stress on health can be demonstrated, and the personal skills needed to reduce stress can be taught. These include coping skills, such as positive thoughts, time management and relaxation exercises. It has been shown that medical costs can potentially be averted through behavior change. What can employers do to reduce workplace stress? The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified organizational characteristics associated with both healthy, low-stress work and high levels of productivity. These characteristics include recognition of employees for good work performance, opportunities for career development, an organizational culture that values the individual worker and management actions that are consisten