continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Office stress pervades every industry at every level, causing health problems, worker inefficiency, and mental health issues that cost U.S. businesses in more ways than one. A 2016 report by Harvard University found that 36 percent of workers suffer from job-related stress, costing businesses $30 billion per year in lost workdays. Professionals also reported that job stress had a negative impact on their sleep cycle (27 percent), eating habits (28 percent), and weight (22 percent), indicating a national stress epidemic that degrades the workplace environment and the personal lives of employees.How do we start to reduce stress in the workplace?Sharon Schweitzer, an international business etiquette expert, bestselling author and the founder of Access to Culture, says to consider these five tips for creating a healthier office environment.1. Identify the Source: Observe whether there are certain situations that generate stress, or the times of day when you feel under pressure. If morning meetings make you sweat, try practicing meditation or take a few moments to decompress once you’re back at your desk. If you get overwhelmed every time you take inventory, ask a coworker to lend a hand. Recognizing stressors is the first step towards eliminating them for a healthier work environment.
Governor Kim Reynolds says hundreds of thousands of Iowans remain without power a day after the derecho storm with hurricane-force winds swept through the state — and it may be several days before service is fully restored. At mid-day (Tuesday), the governor indicated an estimated 450-thousand Iowa homes and businesses had no electric service.“At our peak last night, there were 550,000 households without power,” Reynolds says. “Linn County had 97% without power at one point, as well as Marshall County.” The power grid has been seriously damaged in Linn, Marshall and Scott Counties.“For example, more than 22 of the large, lattice transmission towers were directly impacted,” Reynolds says. Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman Jeri Huser says service will be restored as soon as utility companies can safely do so.“Some areas of service can expect to be without power for several days as debris is cleared and downed power lines are replaced,” Huser says. Iowa utility companies are activating their mutual aid agreements with utility and tree companies in other states, to get more crews into Iowa to deal with the situation.“Utility companies have reported to the IUB and have indicated that the storm damage was one of the most destructive of record,” Huser says. Alliant Energy has announced service to neighborhoods, industries and businesses will be restored systematically. The first priority has been getting hospitals, nursing homes, fire and police departments and water systems back online.