Job stress has professional and personal consequences.
On the job: Employees say stress and anxiety most often impacts their …
With spouses, loved ones: Seven in 10 of these adults report that workplace stress affects their personal relationships, mainly with their spouses. Men (79 percent) report it affecting personal relationships more than women (61 percent).
The main culprits of work-related stress:
Finding relief takes a variety of forms, some healthy and many not.
Dreaming of a less stressful job? The top method of managing high levels of stress at work for both men and women is to sleep more (44 percent total).
Women and men manage job stress differently:
Most employees are not comfortable discussing stress with their employer.
Tight-lipped workforce: Fewer than half (40 percent) employees whose stress interferes with work have talked to their employer about it.
Prevalence Among Workers
Many employees report suffering from anxiety that is persistent and excessive and affects their ability to function. Yet many fewer reported suffering from an anxiety disorder — a telling inconsistency. Employees whose anxiety interferes with their everyday functioning may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, the most common mental illness in the U.S.
Anxiety that gets in the way: One in four reports persistent stress or excessive anxiety impairing the ability to function in the past six months.
Chronic anxiety as a way of life? Four in ten agree that “persistent stress and/or excessive anxiety are a normal part of life,” particularly men (44 percent vs. 36 percent for women).
Fear of stigma: Only one-fourth of those with an anxiety disorder have told their employers. The three-fourths who have not feared…
Employees with an anxiety disorder say it leads to a host of difficulties at work. With more than 18 percent of the adult population suffering from an anxiety disorder, this is likely making much more of an impact on productivity and efficiency at U.S. companies that most employers realize.
Strained relations: Almost half say that it interferes with their relationships with people at work, mainly causing them to avoid social situations (73 percent), become short tempered (53 percent), and avoid participating in meetings (43 percent).
Symptom triggers: Half said their work responsibilities trigger symptoms of their disorder (53 percent), primarily dealing with problems and meeting deadlines. Interpersonal relationships also trigger symptoms (46 percent), as do changes to work situations (37 percent) — such as leaving a job, starting a new one, or getting fired — and staff management (35 percent).
Trying to cope: Employees with anxiety disorders ease their symptoms in a variety of ways, primarily...
- taking over-the-counter or prescription medication (52 percent)
- sleeping more (50 percent)
- eating more (39 percent)
- talking to family or friends (38 percent)
- talking to a medical or mental health professional (37 percent)