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The Impact of Stress on Your Workforce

Posted, by Deborah Merkin
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We all have stress on the brain. We are stressed, our families our stressed, and our jobs stress us out. Do you know the impact of stress on your workforce? We have some interesting stats to share on who is stressed, who is optimistic, and who’s stress is driving down their productivity and loyalty. This study, conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Foundation and the Harvard Opinion Research Program the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found the following: 

Work Matters:

43% of working adults said their job has a big impact on their life. This makes sense. Adults spend more of their waking hours at work than they do at home with their families. That same 43% claimed that their job has a negative impact on their stress level overall. The survey also showed that

  • 16% of those surveyed said that their job has a negative overall impact on their health
  • 28% indicated that their job negatively impacted their eating habits
  • 27% claimed their jobs had a negative impact on their sleeping habits
  • Finally, 22% claimed that their job had a negative impact on their weight

So what have we learned here? If you look at the categories mentioned above, stress can affect all of them. So do you know the impact of stress on your workforce? You may think you do, but if you look at the trickle down affect stress has on the overall health of a person you may not.

Salary Rates Matter:

If you want to take a closer look at who is stressed, and who may be less so, look at salary levels. Workers in low-paying jobs have a 26% rate of reporting their job to have a negative impact on overall health, while those in a high-paying position report the same only 14% of the time. Why? Financial stress could play a major roll. Someone living paycheck to paycheck may have more stress and not feel as healthy as someone who doesn’t worry about their bank account.

Stress manifests in many ways, and to know the full impact of stress on your workforce is to explore all of the ways stress can affect a person.

Financial wellness is another stressor on your employees. Finances can have a major impact on employee wellbeing tying back to absenteeism and lost productivity in the workplace.

Download What Impact Does Financial Stress Have on Wellness to learn more

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Topics: Workplace Health & Wellness

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