Written by J. Sundberg

Whether it’s an office, a restaurant or construction site—at times, any job can feel stressful. And that’s not good for business. U.S. companies pay over $300 billion annually to stress-related expenses including accidents, absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and legal and medical costs.

In other words, your employees’ stress levels could mean the difference between a costly workers’ compensation claim and a happy, productive employee. Here’s how you can help:

Encourage Movement

Most of us recognize exercise as one of the body’s best methods for fighting stress. But to reap the benefits of stress relief during the workday, you don’t need to spend your lunch break at the gym. Little more is needed than a few walks around the office or job site each day.

Regular movement can help to relieve pain, enhance your mood and help you relax by releasing feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Try to encourage your employees to take a quick walk around the workplace when possible.

Encourage Regular Breaks

Taking a step back from work for a few moments is not only a stress reliever—it’s also been shown to restore overall productivity, motivation and even creativity. If the job requires physical labor, breaks are even more necessary to prevent fatigue—a huge contributor to workplace injuries. They’re a great time to hydrate, socialize and refuel with coffee or a snack.

Set Clear Goals

Research shows that specific and challenging goals lead to higher performance at work. If your team doesn’t know what you’re expecting out of them, they’re unlikely to deliver what you want—and that’s stressful for both parties.

Recognize Accomplishments

Showing employees you value their work can be a major stress reliever. While alleviating concerns they may have about job performance—a common stressor—it’s also a great motivator for continued good work. Recognition can be as simple as a “thank you” or as bold as a formal employee of the month acknowledgment.

Finding a Work Comp Provider Last Minute? Now that’s Stressful.

Even in the most stress-free workplaces, accidents do happen. That’s why it’s important to designate an experienced workers’ compensation provider—one that will get your employees back to work fast and keep your company’s individual needs in mind. Speak with an workers’ compensation expert today and learn more.