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Stressed Employees Aim to Just Show Up at Work

Stressed Employees Aim to Just Show Up at Work . / Credit: Work stress via Shutterstock

Despite workloads being at an all-time high, many employees say just showing up is all they really care about, new research shows.

A new study from ComPsych Corp., a provider of employee assistance programs, found that 22 percent of employees said presenteeism, or just being present at work, is their top priority, a 3 percent increase from a year ago.

Overall, the survey revealed that more than 60 percent of workers have high levels of stress, with another 32 percent having constant but manageable stress. Just 5 percent of those surveyed reported low amounts of stress.

Nearly 40 percent of employees attribute high stress to their mounting workload, while 34 percent blame it on having problems with the people they work with. Other studies have shown that stress can be deadly and is otherwise bad for health.

"As employers continue to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to hiring, people who currently have jobs — many of whom have taken on extra work — are starting to show signs of prolonged stress," said Richard Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. "This can result in burnout and reduced performance."

The research also found:

  • More than 40 percent of employees waste between 15 and 30 minutes of work time each day because of their stress, while 36 percent lose an hour or more productivity due to stress.
  • High stress levels cause nearly 30 percent of workers to miss between three and six days of work each year. Sixteen percent of those surveyed miss more than six days in a year because of stress.
  • Stress and personal relationship issues are the most-common reason for missing work, outpacing both personal illnesses and caregiving.

The research was based on surveys of 1,880 employees nationwide.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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