Article produced by Ricardo Herrera, Director at Talengo.

Explore the significant issue of work stress in Colombia and its effects on individuals’ well-being and productivity. Mercer-Marsh’s research highlights that an alarming 57% of employees in the country report feeling extremely, very, or somewhat stressed on a daily basis, surpassing the global (50%) and Latin American (56%) averages. Additionally, a study reveals that 54% of surveyed individuals are more likely to remain with a company that provides mental health support, compared to 34% who do not.

Work stress, characterized by a fear response, profoundly affects mental health. Key causes include heavy workloads, lack of independence and autonomy, inadequate salaries, poor communication, unfairness, and a lack of shared values. Stress can lead to physical and mental health problems, reduced productivity, hindered company culture, and hinder the achievement of goals.

If left unaddressed, organizations will bear the costs of job stress in terms of high turnover, disengagement, and absenteeism, which significantly impact employee productivity and creativity. Moreover, stress can trigger other mental health issues such as burnout, anxiety, depression, and conflicts.

Work stress is recognized as an occupational disease in many countries, with alarming statistics on related accidents and fatalities. The World Labour Organization reports that approximately 7,500 people die daily due to occupational accidents or diseases. Addressing this issue is crucial, and Talengo recommends that human resources teams evaluate available benefits to support employees in managing work stress, while considering expanding existing programs to include mental health support.

“At Talengo, we have successfully implemented the Wellness Path program, which focuses on the holistic care of professionals, encompassing physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being. This comprehensive approach has proven effective in enhancing skills and improving individual welfare.”

Ricardo Herrera, Director at Talengo.

Job stress raises concerns regarding the job search process.

“The impact on selection processes can vary depending on the circumstances and the severity of the condition. Generally, if the health issue is not severe, it should not affect job opportunities. However, it is important for individuals experiencing work stress to identify its causes and make informed decisions. Leaders also play a crucial role in stress management by creating spaces for emotional support and mental health care, both for themselves and their teams.”

Ricardo Herrera, Director at Talengo.

The impact of work stress should not be underestimated. Leaders and organizations must take proactive measures to address this issue, safeguard the health and well-being of their employees, and ensure long-term productivity and success.

Original Material  Talengo – our member from Spain and Colombia.

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