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Stress Case

Employees on edge? Here's how to help them relax.

This story appears in the November 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A business owner can ignore employee stress--if he or she doesn't care about employee productivity and creativity," says Allan Rabinowitz, owner of Stress Strategies Resources in Los Angeles. "We know that when stress goes up, work quality goes down--and absenteeism and conflicts between employees increase. If you want your employees doing their best work, you simply have to care about their stress levels."

That's the bottom line: Working to cut employee stress is not feel-good management; it's dollars-and-cents management. If you don't attend to the waves of tension washing over your workers, you just might find your business wiped out.

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