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.”