Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester say a worker’s stress level might be the best measure for how to improve the employee’s health.
Mayo’s 13,198 workers surveyed who were highly stressed (2,147) should be offered yoga, tai chi, meditation, personal wellness coaching and stress management classes, the researchers suggest.
They ranked stress “on a scale of 0 (as bad as it can be) to 10 (as good as it can be).”
Highly stressed employees also reported poorer quality of life, health, support and fatigue, a clinic announcement says. They had worse high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, and were more overweight.
Companies should focus attention on helping employees maintain healthy “stress management, work-life balance, spirituality and resilience,” the researchers suggest.