Stress in the right dosage can be a motivating factor, but it can also have disastrous consequences. Between absenteeism, exhaustion, occupational diseases..., the consequences of stress at work in France cost companies between 0.8 and 1.6 billion euros each year (source: INRS, 2016). In addition to the financial aspect, stress is also one of the main predictors of burn-out. However, a recent study has shown that work-related stress is very widespread: 24% of French employees are said to be hyper-stressed, a condition considered dangerous for their health (source: Cabinet Stimulus, 2017). Reducing stress at work must therefore be a company priority, both for the health of its employees and for their performance.
At the collective level: it is necessary to better train management in managing stress. Human Resources also have an important role to play in improving the Quality of Work Life: being more attentive, more aware of the problems encountered by employees, resolving conflicts in teams and better managing the distribution of work. On an individual level, it is also necessary to provide employees with tools to assess their level of stress and to identify its sources as effectively as possible.
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