Several experts quote stress as being a major cost to business. It affects employees and is one of the main causes of absence. Stress additionally results in reduced productivity, errors, and poor staff morale. Any business committed to peak performance and employee satisfaction should take stress and its consequences seriously. The good news is that the experience and consequences of stress can be reduced and even eliminated. When simple workload management techniques are learned, both the employee and the company benefit.
Open communication between associates appears to be the most effective tool used in walking the thin line between job contentment and overload. In this SunSentinel.com article, the author concurs that proactive communication will help avoid the pitfalls of stressing over workload and job security. Constructive techniques are described to aid in positive conversation between employer and employees in achieving long term retention and job satisfaction goals.