In the News: Study finds 10 minute end of day activity can reduce employee stress, improve health

According to a study published in the Academy of Management journal, employee stress levels and health complaints declined by approximately 15 percent after employees spent just 10 minutes on this one activity at the end of their work day.

So what’s the thing? Checking facebook? Hitting up the snack machine? Sneaking out 10 minutes early?

Turns out it’s as simple as journaling.

Indeed, researchers at the University of Florida found that employees who logged on to a website where they were asked to write about three events – large or small – that went well during their day and explain why they went well. The events employees could write about were not limited to those that were work-related, but could also include events in their personal life (a good school carpool, packing an awesome lunch, etc).

The science behind this suggests that negative events and family-to-work conflict independently contribute to perceived stress, blood pressure, physical symptoms, mental health, and work detachment. Therefore, businesses that encourage their employees to downplay the negative events and instead focus on the positive can reap the rewards.

So what do you think? Do you think allowing employees to journal could work at your office? Let us know in the comments.