Poor lifestyle habits like poor eating, smoking, excessive drinking, drug use, and other undesirable habits can shorten life expectancy. However, nothing kills more people every year than heart disease. Are employers killing their employees? Today’s work demands have blurred the lines of what’s expected of an employee when they are on Paid Time Off. Employees often feel obligated to work when they are on vacation or out sick out of fear of falling behind. Perhaps intense pressure from management also forces them to keep up with their work duties. This pressure leads to increasing stress levels in employees.
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In my book Homeless to Billionaire, we examine studies from the 1960s and 1970s indicating that a normal secretion of stress hormones contributes to medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, GI diseases, and adrenal fatigue. According to Heart, MD Institute, increased stress levels contribute to high blood pressure and sudden cardiac death and heart enlargement.
Though we can’t see it, stress is sudden death in waiting.
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In America, one of the greatest nations on Earth, overworked employees have negative consequences for both employees and employers. Work-related stress has been linked to severe health risks. A recent study estimated that the effects of workplace stress are similar to those of second-hand smoke. The impact of working long hours, in particular, was an expected 20% increase in mortality.
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According to Canopy Health, paid time off “is an important part of balancing a fulfilling work and personal life. Offering your employees PTO shows them how much you care about their well-being and the future of your business.”
Running over twenty companies, I understand the need for well-being as I often take time away for myself, breaking free from business trappings. I like to spend time surrounded by nature, leaving behind the electronics that connect me to the world. I also never impose upon employees during their time off. Employees need time to mentally recharge and get healthy while they are away, so they’re thoroughly fresh upon their return.
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A perfect example of a company putting employee needs before the business is Glassdoor. Salaried employees participate in a Vacation Matters policy that allows employees to take vacation time when they need it without worrying about vacation accruals. Hourly employees receive up to three weeks’ paid time off, two floating holidays, and one day off each quarter to volunteer at the non-profits of their choice.
When you give your employees that mental break, whether it’s time to heal or go on vacation, it gives them time to recharge and be ready to work when they get back in the office.
About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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