Workplace stress can be alleviated through laughter.
WORK-related stress is the most common workplace issue in Australian workplaces according to AccessEAP, a corporate psychology organisation which supports and develops positive organisational behaviour.
AccessEAP collects data across customer organisations representing every industry and can reveal the top five causes of stress Australians experience in the workplace.
The top five triggers of workplace stress:
1. Job insecurity
2. Work overload
3. Organisational change
4. Conflict with manager or colleagues
5. Bullying and harassment
“AccessEAP data has found that job insecurity and work overload are the top triggers for workplace stress. A recent report found that job insecurity rose from 26% to 31% during the second half of 20131,” clinical services manager Marcela Slepica said.
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“Laughter is a great feel good experience and has a lot of added health benefits including strengthening the immune system, relaxing tense muscles, reducing high blood pressure and reducing the production of stress hormones,” Ms Slepica said.
“Introducing laughter to the workplace as well as day to day life may help alleviate stress.”