Some stress in the workplace can be positive to motivate workers to work safely, stay healthy, promote creativity and productivity, and will profit both employees and management initially. However, when ongoing, prolonged, and unrelenting workplace stress occurs in the workplace, employees will experience increased incidence of physical and mental illnesses, increased injuries, increased benefit costs, decreased productivity and increased absenteeism. This does not need to happen. Management and employees can engage in workplace health promotion strategies to make the workplace a healthy, efficient, productive, and supportive work environment. A supportive workplace environment uses occupational health and safety, voluntary health practices, and organizational change to improve employee health and wellness, increase productivity, creativity, and profit for the workplace.
General Information on Work Stress
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- Mental Injury Prevention Tools for Ontario Workers: Action on Workplace Stress
This guide and resource kit will provide workers a basic understanding and a place to start to learn about workplace stress and what to do about it. The guide gives definitions, common causes of mental distress, legal frameworks (focusing on Ontario), possible actions to take, and resources available. It is an introduction and action guide created by workers for workers.