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It is estimated that between 75% and 90% of physician office visits are for stress-related conditions (Winner, 2008). This internalized stress can manifest in a whole array of conditions, including gastrointestinal (e.g., stomach ulcers), musculoskeletal (e.g., lower back pain), respiratory (e.g., allergies), cardiovascular (e.g., heart disease), and skin (e.g., eczema). Stress can also exasperate numerous health conditions, including cancer. The Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) has declared stress a hazard in the workplace and according to former chief of OSHA, Joseph Dear, stress is costing the U.S. industry more than $300 billion per year. With the current changes in health care during 2014 it is essential for leadership in companies to take a stronger initiative and set an example to promote workplace wellness. Each individual in the company has to develop a clearer understanding and a responsibility to take good care of their own stress and energy in the workplace with the organization having the task to provide individual employees with helpful tools to do so. Does your company promote workplace wellness? As a leader, do you model healthy ways of managing your stress to your team? Do you encourage your team to find healthy ways to manage their own stress?

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