The impact of stressed employees on the organization is a major human capital issue. According to the Towers Watson 2013/2014 Staying@Work™ survey, 78% of employers identify stress as the top risk factor for their workforce; leading to lost productivity due to unplanned absence.

Stress leads to lost productivity and unplanned absence

The impact of stressed employees on the organization is a major human capital issue. According to the Towers Watson 2013/2014 Staying@Work survey, 78% of employers identify stress as the top risk factor for their workforce; leading to lost productivity due to unplanned absence.

As further evidence, a new meQuilibrium-conducted survey of more than 1,200 individuals indicated that more than 40% of respondents have quit a job due to stress. While some amount of stress in the workplace is essential for productive performance, excessive stress greatly affects the health of an organization.

According to meQuilibrium research, 78% of people categorize their current stress levels at medium to very high. Furthermore, 31% admit to missing work due to stress. When asked what excuses they use to miss work, responses ranged from saying they were sick (81%), to needing a mental health day (32%) or claiming there was a family emergency (20%).

“Leading-edge thinking in human resources dictates: Take care of your employees and they’ll take better care of your business. Stress threatens their well-being profoundly and resilience is the most successful antidote to stress in the workplace,” said Jan Bruce, CEO and cofounder of meQuilibrium. “Resilience helps people reframe challenges to minimize their stress-related effects and to feel more confident and empowered, ultimately improving productivity and engagement while reducing absenteeism and turnover.”

Data from meQuilibrium’s book of business, along with data from a study validating the meQuilibrium assessment against several well-established psychometric tools, show employees that exhibit higher levels of resilience are more likely to be present, more productive, more engaged, and less likely to leave their jobs. Key findings indicate that 81% of employees with high resilience scores missed no days of work over a 30-day period, and resilient employees are 50% less likely to report an intent to quit.

For more information on this survey, visit the meQuilibrium website. The infographic below displays more of the key findings from this survey. meQuilibrium Stress in the Workplace Infographic