Workplace Wellness

“The nature of work is changing at whirlwind speed. Perhaps now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to the health of workers…” this from the CDC.

Workplace stress has become common and costly.

Survey by Northwestern National Life

Percentage of workers woo report their job is "very or extremely stressful."

Percentage of workers woo report their job is “very or extremely stressful.”






Survey by the Families and Work Institute

Percentage of workers who report they are "often or very often burned out or stressed by their work."

Percentage of workers who report they are “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work.”






Survey by Yale University

Percentage of workers who report they feel "quite a bit or extremely stressed at work."

Percentage of workers who report they feel “quite a bit or extremely stressed at work.”






“Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor-more so than even financial problems or family problems.” St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.

Based on the data above, you can be certain many of your employees suffer from job-related stress, and some of their health issues are a direct result of that stress.

These are some early warning signs of stress ~

  • Headache
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short temper
  • Upset stomach
  • Job dissatisfaction
  • Low morale

In today’s face-paced, competitive environment, businesses must stay at the top of their game. Sometimes at the expense of the well-being of their employees.

Job Stress and Health: What the Research Tells Us

Cardiovascular Disease
Many studies suggest that psychologically demanding jobs that allow employees little control over the work process increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Musculoskeletal Disorders
On the basis of research by NIOSH and many other organizations, it is widely believed that job stress increases the risk for development of back and upper- extremity musculoskeletal disorders.

Psychological Disorders
Several studies suggest that differences in rates of mental health problems (such as depression and burnout) for various occupations are due partly to differences in job stress levels. (Economic and lifestyle differences between occupations may also contribute to some of these problems.)

Workplace Injury
Although more study is needed, there is a growing concern that stressful working conditions interfere with safe work practices and set the stage for injuries at work.

Suicide, Cancer, Ulcers, and Impaired Immune Function
Some studies suggest a relationship between stressful working conditions and these health problems. However, more research is needed before firm conclusions can be drawn.-Encyclopaedia of OccupationalSafety and Health

The costs of work-related stre$$

Job stress is estimated to cost American companies more than $300 billion a year in health costs, absenteeism and poor performance. In addition, consider these statistics:

  • 40% of job turnover is due to stress. [1]
  • Healthcare expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress. [2]
  • Job stress is the source of more health complaints than financial or family problems. [2]
  • Replacing an average employee costs 120-200% of the salary of the position affected. [3]
  • The average cost of absenteeism in a large company is more than $3.6 million/year. [4]
  • Depression is the largest single predictor of absenteeism and work related performance. [5]
  • Depressive illness, a common side effect of job stress, in employees is associated with nearly 10 annual sick days (this study included one large firm). [6]
    * For every 47 cents spent on treating depression, another 53 cents is indirectly spent on absenteeism and disability.[7]
  • Insurance data indicates insurance claims for stress related industrial accidents cost nearly twice as much as non-stress related industrial accidents. [8]

[1] Hoel, H., Sparks, K., & Cooper, C. (2001). The cost of Violence/Stress at work and the benefits of a violence/stress-free working environment. Interntational Labour Organisation.
[2] National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Stress At Work Booklet. Publication No. 99-101.
[3] Flash, What is the cost of employee turnover? Compensation & Benefits Review, Sept/Oct 1997: Article #8582, 1998.
[4] NIOSH. Costs of absenteeism, cited 2002, available from
[5] Munce, S. E., Stansfeld, S.A., Blackmore, E.R., & Stewart, D. E. (2007). The role of depression and chronic pain conditions in absenteeism: Results from a national epidemiologic survey. Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine, 49(11), 1206-1211.  (PubMed)
[6] Druss, B. G., Rosenheck, R. A., & Sledge, W. H. (2000) Health and disability costs of depressive illness in a major U.S. corporation. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157(8), 1274-1278. (PubMed)
[7] Johnston, K., Westerfield, W., Momin, S., Phillippi, R., & Naidoo, A. (2009). The direct and indirect costs of employee depression, anxiety, and emotional disorders: An employer case study. Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine, 51(5), 564-577. (PubMed)
[8] Perkins, A. (1994) Saving money by reducing stress. Harvard Business Review, 72(6), 12.
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