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  • 80% of workers feel stress on the job; nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress.

2000 annual Attitudes In The American Workplace V” Gallup Poll sponsored by the Marlin Company

  • According to a survey of 800,000 workers in over 300 companies, the number of employees calling in sick because of stress tripled from 1996 to 2000.  An estimated one million workers are absent every day due to stress.  Unanticipated absenteeism is estimated to cost American companies $602.00/worker/year and the price tag for large employers could approach $3.5 million annually.

The American Institute of Stress website ( www.stress.org)

  • The total health and productivity cost of worker stress to American business is estimated at $50 to $150 billion annually.

Sauter, S.L.; Murphy, L.R.; and Hurrell, Jr., J.J. (1990) Prevention of work-related psychological disorders. American Psychologist. 45(10):1146-1153

  • There are more errors at work because of stress according to 42% of workers.
  • Stress causes more arguments among coworkers say 34% of workers.
  • 28% of workers say people are calling in sick because of stress.
  • Attendance problems are related to stress according to 26% of workers.
  • 63% of workers say their personal lives have been affected by job-related stress.
  • 60% of workers say their jobs have negatively affected their physical and emotional health.

Results of a Harris Interactive poll of working adults nationwide, May-June 2004 (reported in the Boston Globe 6/11/04)

  • Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress (Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine).
  • Workers who must take time off from work because of stress anxiety or related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • 75% of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago (Princeton Survey Research Associates).
  • 40% of workers report their job is “very or extremely stressful” (Northwestern National Life).
  • 25% of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives (Northwestern National Life).
  • 26% of workers report they are “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work” (Families and Work Institute).
  • 29% of workers report they feel “quite a bit or extremely stressed at work”  ( Yale University).
  • Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than any other life stressor – more so than even financial problems or family problems (St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.).

From “Stress…at Work”: publication 99-101 from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

  • One in three employees is chronically overworked.
  • 54% of employees felt overwhelmed by how much work they had to complete at some time in the past month.

    Results of a Family and Work Institute study, in the Boston Globe 6/19/05

  • Studies in Europe, Japan, and the United States have linked increases in cardiovascular risks and disease to a global push for greater productivity. Researchers say the damage is cumulative and will become more apparent and costly over time.

Cleeland, N. (2005) Job stress hits workers’ cardiovascular health, Los Angeles Times, April 3

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