Stretching dollars on stress

by 19 Aug 2010

It pays to tackle workplace related stress in organisations, writes Angela Priestley, but a shift in culture will go further than even the most expensive organisational programs

The prevalence of workplace-related stress The human body has its limits, and when

Stress is described as an emotional experience. In

And for organisations, it can also be significantly

In 2008, a Medibank study found that workplace

The causes of work-related stress are easy to

Facing reality

In a world where stress appears more of an issue

It seems, however, that managing stress in the

At storage infrastructure company NetApp the

But the organisation must be getting something

While Peter O’Connor, NetApp vice president for HR Leader his organisation has explored few programs aimed at specifically

He notes that the organisation is essentially committed to implementing the

As for an office equipped with free food, beanbags and game consoles,

Such factors contribute to what Gallup Consulting label as the five

Allan Watkinson, engagement manager at Gallup Consulting, believes that

Speaking to such factors could involve a significant investment – through

Keeping well

Recognising a need for that first dimension of career wellbeing appears relevant

Watkinson says career wellbeing includes such factors as giving employees

O’Connor can especially relate to this and notes that people may join

Of around 20 NetApp managers, O’Connor says 15 have been promoted from

Again, Watkinson highlights career wellbeing as a significant area where

Social engagement is also important in workplaces and for managing overall

Overall, Watkinson says organisations need to accept the impact of

“When employees have a high wellbeing, when their lives are thriving in a

And as O’Connor finds, it pays to protect the wellbeing of employees – and pick