Stamford, Conn. (WTNH) – Billions of dollars are lost every year, linked to stress in the workplace.
Things like missed work days, health insurance and employees quitting, can easily add up.
Stamford based Framework, a business consulting company, created a positive environment for employees.
It received a ‘Best Practices Honor’ from the American Psychological Association at its Healthy Workplace Awards ceremony.
When you walk in, it’s clear it is not your typical office setting.
From balancing on a ball chair, to a work table where you can sit or stand, and slinkys, the staff at Framework have a workplace sure to be envied by many.
Kevin Kromash is Director of Projects and Systems, “We don’t get too stressed here but it’s sort of a fun thing. We have a few toys around the office and when you are talking with someone you can play with one.”
The healthy approach starts with its hiring practices. Chief Executive Officer Kathee Rebernack said, “Making sure that the fit is there and that we are basically under standing what our employees skills are and can use that information to put them in the right roles helps us retain really good employees.” She added, “Companies that really focus on making sure their employees are engaged, happy and healthy have higher efficiency, greater productivity and much better retention than companies who don’t.”
Dr. Elaine Ducharme with the Connecticut Psychological Association pointed out, “Two thirds of all men and women complain that stress is negatively impacting them at work and it’s negatively impacting their health. Companies that have people that have high expectations on them with very little reward or recognition and then very little control over their work environment, those are the places we see people experiencing the most stress at work.”
Staffers here are valued for their contributions, said Strategic Services Director Alex Lager, “There’s an openness to a new investment, a new avenue of work. One of the intangible benefits was what Framework describes an irreverent culture and atmosphere which absolutely exists.”
The energy and positivity infused here, they agree can be duplicated in any company, no matter its size.
Rebernack said, “It does take work, it does take an investment but again, if you’re making an investment in your employees, you’ll benefit in terms of better revenue and better bottom line.”
Chronically stressed employees, often have raised blood pressure, high cholesterol due to eating unhealthy, and engage in negative behaviors such as drinking too much. It’s estimated the increasing job stress costs the economy some 3 hundred billion dollars annually.