You're Not Getting Your Money's Worth
According to the StressPulse survey by ComPsych Corporation Employees in the category of "high stress" have increased by 15 percent. The survey
revealed more than 29 percent of employees come to work five or more days a year when they are too stressed or distracted to be effective - a 10 percent increase over six months ago. In addition, the
survey showed a 13 percent increase in 'lack of job security' as the main source of stress.
"The levels (of stress) employees are dealing with now are counterproductive," said Dr. Richard A.
Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. "What we are seeing is a workplace situation that is incongruent with the economic rebound. The recovery has brought more work, yet there are few new hires and
fewer pay raises."
ComPsych's StressPulse Results - Second Half, 200363% Have high levels of stress, with extreme fatigue/feeling out of control
32% Have constant but manageable stress levels 5% Have low stress levels
60% See accomplishing basic responsibilities as most important 22%
See being present as most important 18% See performance improvement as most important
43% Lose 1 hour or more per day in productivity due to stress
36% Lose 15 - 30 min. per day in productivity due to stress 21% Report productivity is unaffected by stress
48 % Come to work 1 to 4 days per
year when too stressed to be effective 29% Come to work 5 or more days per year when too stressed to be effective 23% Say stress does not impact effectiveness
38% Lose 30 min. per day due to personal tasks 36% Lose less than 30 min. per day due to personal tasks 26% Lose more than 1 hour per day due to personal tasks
37% Cite stress and personal relationship issues 25% Cite medical reasons/illness (self) 28% Cite caregiving responsibilities
64% Take frequent "stress breaks" at work to talk with others 24% Work harder 12% Take a day off
The StressPulse survey was conducted from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, 2003.