Biggest Concern for Many Workers: Just Showing Up
And more than 60% of employees are very stressed: study
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2012 1:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – A depressing new survey finds that most US workers are very stressed—and that for nearly a quarter of all employees, the top priority is simply showing up at work. According to LiveScience, the study from ComPsych Corp., an employee assistance program provider, found that:

  • More than 60% of employees report high levels of stress, and another 32% report constant, but not as high, levels of stress. Low stress? Only 5% of those surveyed are that lucky.
  • As for that top priority, 22% listed “presenteeism”—just being present—as their main concern and the most important thing to do at work.

  • Why so stressed? Almost 40% say it’s because their workload is increasing.
  • Stress causes 36% of workers to waste an hour or more each day, the study found. It also causes almost 30% of employees to miss anywhere from three to six days of work per year.
“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,” warns the ComPsych CEO. “This can result in burnout and reduced performance.”

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Oct 31, 2012 8:51 PM CDT
When management is contemplating replacing you with a computer and your healthcare costs are going up but your paycheck isn't and you have no opportunities for advancement, its no wonder workers are stressed out and just making eight.
Oct 30, 2012 11:04 PM CDT
“This can result in burnout and reduced performance.” that is just the tip...ask the USPS what happens when stress burns out employees.
Oct 30, 2012 9:21 PM CDT
i dont mind showing up for work...but that 8 hour wait to go home is pure bs