Stress is one of the main factors in the workplace that have a negative impact on workers' health. This is confirmed by the results of the Conperio survey, the largest Polish consulting company dealing with the issue of sickness absenteeism, conducted in 2017-2020 among production employees. On average, 57.4 percent of the surveyed employees from various companies indicated stress (subjective assessment). In one of the controlled workplaces, it was nearly 75 percent. These alarming data also reflect ZUS statistics. In 2020, 1.5 million sick leaves were issued due to mental and behavioral disorders. This is an increase of 25 percent y/y, and Poles did not go to work for a total of 27.7 million days (an increase of 37 percent compared to 2019).
Regardless of the industry, region, or company size, the problem of stress concerns both the managerial staff and the lowest-level employees. Stress has negative effects on physiological, psychological, and behavioral levels. Occurring for a long time, can cause health disorders and increased sickness absence. As Conperio experts point out, the causes of stress in the workplace can be found mainly on three levels: the inability to perform the assigned tasks effectively, inadequate relations with the supervisor, and the lack of analysis of production norms.
Increased stress at work also leads to a socially disturbing trend of psychiatric layoffs, which, unfortunately, is also used by healthy workers.
"Inadequately prepared introduction of a new employee may have a negative effect on his feeling of being in the right place in the organization, where he is to carry out the tasks entrusted to him and take responsibility for their performance. The proper implementation allows the employee to feel comfortable. This aspect is related to the feeling of belonging to the organization, which in the scale of the entire enterprise influences the important building of the organizational culture and the desired behavior of employees,” Mikołaj Zając, president of Conperio, an expert in the labor market, said.