Updated September 4 at 10:04am

Reducing stress can boost production

By Rebecca Keister
Contributing Writer
Ever wish you could pick up your dry cleaning, deposit a check, or grab last-minute dinner ingredients while at work – errands you often struggle to find time for during the daily grind?

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Reducing stress can boost production

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Ever wish you could pick up your dry cleaning, deposit a check, or grab last-minute dinner ingredients while at work – errands you often struggle to find time for during the daily grind?

You’re hardly alone and, in some cases, employers are listening.

“Some major employers use concierge services so that workers can concentrate more on work than trying to fulfill personal and family responsibilities,” said David Wudyka, president of Westminster Associates, a human resources consulting firm in Wrentham, Mass.

The point, Wudyka said, is to help employees manage a better work-life balance than appears to be going on in much of today’s workforce and at all employment levels.

Forty-one percent of chief financial officers interviewed for a survey by Accountemps, a job-search-services firm with offices nationwide, said their main work-related stress came from trying to find a balance between their work and personal demands topping a list of expected grievances ,including office politics and co-worker conflicts, industry-education challenges, higher workloads and a challenging commute.

“With chief financial officers working in such a finite [environment] you’d think the greatest source of stress would be getting rights,” said Sarah Pontarelli, Providence branch manager for Accountemps. “I think over the past three or four years, people have really felt [they have to] take on as much as they possibly could for job security.”

The Accountemps survey was conducted by an independent search firm of 1,400 CFOs from a random sample of United States companies with 20 or more employees.

The company’s chairman, Max Messmer, said in a statement that businesses should be concerned about their employees’ ability to maintain a work-life balance and work to help alleviate that stress source.

“Organizations that commit to these efforts enhance morale and productivity and make their business more appealing places to work,” he said.

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