Employees Plagued by Stress

As organizations do more with less, the strain takes a toll on workers.

January 1, 2012

Two-thirds of employees have high stress levels and, on five or more days per year, nearly one-third come to work too stressed to be effective, according to a StressPulse survey by ComPsych.

“As the economy continues to sputter, organizations are still doing more with less and that can take a toll on workers,” says Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, ComPsych chairman/CEO. “Many employees have reached a point of unprecedented burnout.”

He says forward-thinking employers try to alleviate employees’ stress and help staff refocus with employee assistance and work-life programs.

Key findings from the ComPsych survey:

  • 29% of employees report coming to work five or more days per year when they’re too stressed to be effective, up from 19% in 2010;
  • 66% of employees have high stress levels; and
  • Workload remains the top cause of stress, followed by people issues, juggling work/personal life, and lack of job security.