How Well Do Your Employees Handle Work-Related Stress?

by Silvio Bianculli on November 3, 2012

Job-related stress has a measurable impact on workers’ health and, by extension, corporate profits according to an article in the New York Times on September 5, 2004.

Workplace-reported stress reportedly costs this nation over $300 billion a year in health care, missed work, and stress-reduction expenses. Incurred costs are 46% higher, or on average $600 more per person, than other employees.

Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress. (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.)

Workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The American Institute of Stress states that in the United States, about one million people are absent from work each day because of stress (American Institute of Stress, 2004). In England, a study conducted in 2000 by the Confederation of British Industry indicates that about 30% of all sick leave is related to stress (Hoel, Sparks, & Cooper, 2001). 

If we add to this number other factors linked to stress, such as extended work schedules, lack of employee commitment and loss of employee motivation, it would appear that stress is the cause of nearly 40% of all absences.

The affects of stress on the human body.  Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. Almost forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress, and seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60 percent of all human illnesses and diseases.


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