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Time to De-Stress

Take these healthy steps to decrease anxiety and increase productivity.

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This story appears in the October 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

According to the 2007 "Stress in Report" by the American Psychological Association, three-fourths of Americans name work as a stressor--a jump from 59 percent in 2006.

And more than half said they were less productive at work as a result of stress. All that stress adds up to an estimated $300 billion a year in costs for U.S. businesses due to absenteeism, decreased productivity, , and medical, legal and insurance fees.

The APA notes, however, that not all companies are taking those costs lying down. Responding to these challenges are forward-thinking organizations that make employees' emotional wellness a top priority, right along with the bottom line. One such company is Away With Clutter Inc., a professional organizing firm in San Diego. Dana H. Korey, who started the $2 million company in 2001, is a self-proclaimed "chairman of order." She implemented a wellness program for her employees after noticing that they were suffering from on-the-job stress.

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