The United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) has outlined the findings of its latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.
“Work-related stress affects workers in all professions in developed and developing countries alike. It can gravely harm not only workers’ health but also, and all too often, the wellbeing of their families,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement.
A five-hour educational program can promote resilience among employees facing downsizing and restructuring, according to a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
Job stress refers to the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury.
The theme for today’s international event, World Day for Safety and Health at Work, “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge,” stems from a growing recognition of the impact of psychosocial risks and work-related stress among researchers, practitioners and policymakers, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and relationships, and limit (even if they don’t entirely avoid) mindless escapism.
Nearly half of U.S. adults report they have experienced a major form of unfair treatment or discrimination, including being unfairly questioned or threatened by police, being fired or passed over for promotion or treated unfairly when receiving health care.
Staying active socially despite health-related challenges appears to help lessen the decline in well-being people often experience late in life, according to research published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
What is mindfulness?
According to The Mental Health Foundation mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach that helps people to manage their thoughts and feelings.
Mindfulness skills are developed through systematic mindful attention training exercises, which can be based around awareness of body, breathing, movement, or everyday activities such as walking, eating or driving.