How Google And Others Help Employees Burn Off Stress In Unique Ways

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It's no surprise that job-related stress has serious consequences—both on an individual level and for workplaces as a whole, costing U.S. companies alone an estimated $300 billion a year.

Research has shown that chronic stress can take a beating on our bodies, affecting everything from our heart rate and blood pressure to our digestive track and immune system. The more stressed we are, according to Sharon Bergquist, professor of medicine at Emory University, the more vulnerable our bodies become to sickness.

And work-related stress in particular has been shown to have a direct connection to poor health. According to the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, particular work stresses like job insecurity, for example, increase the odds of reporting poor health by about 50%

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