Week 9: Stress and Wellness Programs

After taking the Type A Personality test I was actually not too surprised by reading the results. The reason for this is that the summary I got was pretty accurate to how I would describe myself in terms of patience and tolerance. My score was moderate but knowing that, it is still important to recognize what being moderate in that instance means for me in terms of personal and professional relationships. Going forward in my career it’s imperative that I prioritize my health. Without putting health as a priority your work can quickly fall. In the past the onice has been on the employee to take care of their own mental wellbeing while constantly feeling no support from their firm. This is something many organizations are realizing, thus implementing many health and wellness programs.  I hope to be a part of a company that provides similar care in that aspect. This expense for wellness programs is something that is gaining popularity among companies because of the return on investment they are receiving with turnover, morale, and productivity. This idea is explained well in the article, “What’s the Hard Return On Employee Wellness Programs?”, they say, “Greater productivity. Illness-related absentee-ism is an obvious factor in productivity. Less obvious but probably more significant is presenteeism—when people come to work but underperform because of illness or stress”. These programs allow for their workforce to correctly cope and manage different mental health issues like stress. With this happening employees can go to work in a clear headed space and actually focus on getting their job done. This makes for happy employees and an overall happier company culture. 

Berry, L. L., Mirabito, A. M., & Baun, W. B. (2010). What’s the Hard Return On Employee Wellness Programs? Harvard Business Review, 88(12), 104–112.

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