Companies Gear Up to Manage Stress Relief in New Year as Turnover Increases

truthHere’s something positive to report — job seekers are in the driver’s seat, calling the shots, moving from one job to another just like ol’ times. And according to a post on the ERE Recruiting Forum, in the new year companies are going to focus on deflating stress in order to keep them in their seats.

ClearRock, a leadership development and outplacement firm, states in the piece, “Developing policies and procedures that relieve employees’ sense of being overwhelmed at work and promote sustainable work habits will be one of the top organizational change management initiatives of 2015.”

Think of it this way — per data from Gallup, 70 percent of the workforce is disengaged. This results in lower productivity and morale as well as overall unhappiness at work. When people leave and don’t get replaced, the cycle continues as people who were already disengaged have an increased workload and boosted stress.

In fact, work overload is not the primary reason why employees disengage but the stress itself is one of the main catalysts for sparking that job search. Combine this with an increased turnover and it’s ripe for employers to figure out what the heck they can do to keep their headcount intact.

The cool news for job seekers? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics points out employees quitting their jobs is at an all-time high within the past six years. Get this — it could even reach 25 percent this coming year!

The ultimate goal for employers is to create environments people enjoy. Simply stated, they’re excited to come to work each and every day. ClearRock says that companies can cultivate nurturing environments by building managers’ communication skills, focusing on the right fit so work itself parlays itself to employees’ strengths instead of their weaknesses, training employees to deal with information overload and instructing employees to prioritize their work and better manage their time.