Stress at Work? Turn to God

Stress at Work? Turn to God

Religion can help battle stress at work as it acts as a “buffer against strains” of modern life according to research.
A survey of employees and their feelings of contentment in their work lives was organised by Dr Roxane Gervais a senior psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Stockport.
The study found that employees who actively practised religion were more likely to say they had low levels of anxiety depression fatigue and were most likely to feel that their lives were meaningful.
Workers that regularly attend religious services said that it connected them to a higher being and made them feel better about themselves.
Dr Gervais told the Telegraph: “As the pace of work and life accelerates people long for meaning and the younger generation in particular is looking for more than just a big pay cheque at the end of the month.
“My research shows that religiosity in the workplace may act as a resource making people more resilient to cope with the many challenges of working life. Such personal beliefs could be very helpful not only for employees but also for employers providing people with a buffer zone.
“We should hence encourage employers to accommodate where possible employees’ religious beliefs while at work and not shy away from the issue.”
The results of the survey are being presented today at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology’s in Brighton.
Studies previous have demonstrated that companies who ensured that employees beliefs were accommodated helped morale staff retention and loyalty.
The report showed that those people who were religious were more likely to lead healthier lifestyles and because of that took less sick days.
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