All too many workers across a variety of industries can share their stories about physical and mental stress. From those working in manufacturing to those in the fields (literally), there are many stressful day-to-day tasks and emotional hurdles to overcome when at work.
Ultimately, entrepreneurs and business owners have ample incentive to reduce this kind of on-the-job stress. When employees are stressed or frustrated, productivity drops. When that happens, profitability falls off a cliff. In order to give employers insight into what work conditions and experiences may need to be improved, let’s talk about some of the biggest stresses of blue collar workers on the job.
Unclear Supply Chain Organization
When businesses operate without a clear supply chain process, workers are the ones who suffer. It is imperative that businesses keep workflow processes running, as the added physical and mental stress factors can ultimately wreak havoc on employees.
There are commercial solutions to this common problem, such as ASI DATAMYTE, that provide both software and hardware solutions to organize each part of the workflow process. Rather than forcing blue collar workers to juggle logistical hurdles that are way above their pay grade, businesses should be investing in automated solutions that keep stress to a minimum.
A Lack of Ergonomic Safety
In the worst conditions, blue collar workers feel the stress in a physical sense. Many workers across a plethora of industries report that their work conditions are worsened by a lack of concern over ergonomic support. This can be everything from proper break room equipment to back braces and lift training.
As the rigorous day-to-day tasks continue over months and years, the physical stresses that this places on workers gradually reduces productivity for businesses. It can also increase the amount of mental stress that workers are experiencing, which can compound the entire situation and further worsen conditions for employees and employers alike.
Another condition that can dramatically increase stress on blue collar workers is the temperature in the work space. Many blue collar workers are employed in large factories and semi-open air environments, which make it more difficult to maintain climate controlled situations.
Nevertheless, businesses should strive to ensure that extreme temperatures are minimized wherever possible. From the impact on morale whenever a worker is hauled away in an ambulance due to heat exhaustion to the physical effects that every worker experiences in extreme heat/cold, these conditions are having a serious impact on businesses’ bottom lines.
Last but not least, businesses should not overlook the impact of repetitive labor on employees’ stress levels. For starters, there is a huge physical toil here: when workers use the same parts of their bodies in the same tasks day after day, it creates physical problems that can hit productivity in the workforce hard.
The stresses don’t stop there, though. Mental stress is another huge concern. Many workplace specialists recommend finding ways to train various blue collar workers to perform multiple jobs and switching them out occasionally, providing them with a new task that doesn’t feel like an endless machination of physical labor.
These four elements contribute more to workplace stress than many realize. Employers have an obligation to rectify or minimize these stress-points, both from a moral standpoint and from a financial standpoint: happier workers equal more productive workers.