Drain the workplace stress swamp

Targeting stress reduces disability, poor work performance and turnover
By Richard Earle
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/28/2004

When organizations are concerned about stress, what they’re really worried about are three things. As a human resource vice-president put it: “First, the stress leaves just keep on coming. Second, the work is not getting done — at least, not the way it should. And two of our best people just got fed up and flat out resigned.”

In short, targetting stress is about targeting: disabilities, daily or discretionary work performance, and turnover.

At the Canadian Institute of Stress, this familiar trio is called “D.D.T.” It relates to the toxicity that has gradually seeped through many workplaces in the past decade — a byproduct of too much stress plus too little satisfaction that persist for too long.