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Tough times = stressed-out staff: 10 tips to ease their pain

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A brutal economy … layoffs … pay cuts. These are trying times to be a U.S. worker, and not all are handling it well.

Nearly half of U.S. workers say they feel stressed out, compared with 39% in other countries, according to a Robert Half International survey. They say they’re sad, worried, distracted, burned out and running low on morale.

Those kinds of feelings can crush your organization’s productivity, and they’ll spread like wildfire if you don’t try to contain them.

Here are 10 ways to deal with recession-induced employee stress:

1. Watch your words

Don’t ignore symptoms of depression, anxiety, illness or drug and alcohol abuse that affect performance. Do approach the subject carefully. Managers can offer help for problems that occur at work, but can’t broach issues that occur away from the business.

Best bet: Acknowledge that the employee seems to be struggling, and remind him or her that the company...(register to read more)

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