Nowadays, many companies put as much pressure as possible on their employees in order to achieve high levels of performance, although this level of pressure often has the opposite effect in regards to the productivity of employees. Meanwhile, a large number of studies have shown that a positive work environment has an advantageous effect for everyone involved. Not only for the health of employees and their general sense of wellbeing, but the managers and overall productivity throughout the company can also greatly benefit from such work environments. The assumption that stress and as much pressure as possible can motivate employees towards real excellence has therefore not been confirmed in practice. Quite on the contrary. Many companies, which are known for their tough working conditions, have forgotten about the hidden costs that arise from such a harsh corporate culture that is not very employee-friendly.
Too Much Stress And Pressure Lead To Hidden Costs
As the level of pressure increases within a company, employee health is increasingly suffering. More employee absences thus have a financial impact on the company’s profit. Dramatic figures have been published in the US. Every year, 550 million working days are lost due to too much stress as well as the health issues that are related to such high levels of stress. Hardly any company can afford such losses. In addition, stress only leads to better performance for a limited period of time. After all, too much pressure and too little relief increase the likelihood of decreasing employee engagement in the long term. This is a natural process, which is activated as part of the natural self-protection mechanism of most employees. After all, the human body knows its limits and can only take so much.
In addition, decreased employee engagement also entails other unsightly effects: Employees make more mistakes, are absent from the workplace more often and will even get into accidents more frequently, as recent studies have shown in the United States. This is not in the interest of companies either. In this context, US studies have shown that this leads to up to 18 per cent less productivity and up to 16 per cent less profitability. In addition, all businesses that have previously relied on a corporate culture of as much pressure as possible need to furthermore bear in mind that the loyalty of their employees is also suffering in such an environment. As a result, the number of voluntary job changes increases by up to 50 per cent. A voluntary job change from one company to the next is costly for the company that the employee leaves behind and can lead HR costs to unnecessarily skyrocket.
There Is No Way Around A Positive Corporate Culture
Less stress and more employee wellbeing are thus in the interest of businesses if they want to achieve greater levels of productivity and avoid the hidden costs of too much pressure. It is not sufficient if employees benefit from flexible working hours or free fruit and drinks, for example. A positive corporate culture is irreplaceable because it has the greatest possible impact on the wellbeing of employees. When asked, the vast majority of employees have even specified that their wellbeing at work was more important to them than any kind of non-monetary benefits, such as free fruit or a game room. If the employees in a company have a sincere interest in each other, support each other, inspire each other and treat each other with respect and this way of interacting with one another is also exemplified by the management team, the company as a whole can only win. If a culture of forgiving and positive relations between all employees dominates within a company and the employees are given the space to be able to voice their problems and grievances, this has an extremely positive impact both on the wellbeing of all participants involved as well as on overall productivity and sales figures.