Work stress has become a major reason of low work productivity in many organizations. Research suggests that employees who are stressed are more likely to show poor engagement, high absenteeism and be less motivated at work. This causes a significant impact on the corporate sector in terms of high attrition, high healthcare costs/premiums and low work productivity.
Many employees blame low interest in their job, poor management team, conflicts between co-workers, or even lack of direction for their lack of performance. However, the root causes could be very personal and related to one’s health. Did you know that lack of adequate sleep, mental conditions such as anxiety or some pain disorders can lower your work performance? Here we have listed some statistics from Indian workforce and how health condition can actually be the real culprits of your low work productivity
Pain is the most common medical problem experienced by general population.
- As per one study conducted in India, nearly 30 percent of production workers and 12 percent of office workers report more than seven days of sick leave due to chronic low back pain
- More than 80 percent people using computers for more than four hours complain of back pain
- Nearly 77 percent computer professionals report eye pain, headache, pain/stiffness in neck , shoulder and lower back pain
Lack of Sleep
As suggested by the sleep guidelines (from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), adults need to sleep for about 7 to 8 hours daily. Adequate sleep is necessary for normal functioning of our brain. However, almost a third of Indian working professionals sacrifice sleep to fit in personal and work commitments. People who do not get enough sound sleep at night tend to be less motivated, irritated and lethargic during day. Since poor sleep is associated with decreased alertness, impaired judgment, and poor physical coordination, it can lead to low productivity.
It is fairly common for most of us to be worried about everyday issues. However, being constantly worried or anxious can eventually start taking a toll on our health. Accordingly to some statistics, nearly 55 percent Indians working in call centre report suffering from anxiety due to work stress. Too much worry may show physical symptoms such as racing heart, excessive sweating, restlessness, chest pain and sleeplessness. In addition, people with excessive anxiety have low energy levels and show poor concentration at work.
A stressful lifestyle leaves most of the working professionals mentally and physically tired. The feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy is called fatigue, which can directly impact your ability to think and function normally. People who are fatigued show poor concentration and attention at work. Fatigue not only leads to lower efficiency at work, but also increases risk of accidents and injuries.
Work stress affects almost every employee in the corporate sector. It is not possible to change the scenario overnight, and avoid the stressors in your life. Modern lifestyle will always be full of turmoil and tensions. It’s you, who needs to take control of your health. Cigarette smoking or consuming too much coffee to overcome stress is extremely unhealthy. There are some great natural ways to de-stress yourself. Meditation, yoga practices, massage therapies, etc. are some of the healthy ways to manage your stress.
De-stress yourself by trying a relaxing Aromatherapy Massage and take the first step towards eliminating the culprits of low work productivity from your professional life.