Nov. 7, 2016

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Workplace Stress Undermining Productivity: ComPsych Survey

Stress at work is rampant, potentially undermining such things as productivity, according to a national survey. Overall, 60 percent of employees said they had experienced high levels of stress characterized by either extreme fatigue or feeling out of control. Another 32 percent said they experienced “constant, but manageable stress levels.” The survey was done by Chicago-based ComPsych Corp., a global provider of employee assistance programs.

Stress impacts employees in different ways, says Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, founder, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “Employees of different age groups have very different causes of stress. Employers should take this into consideration when communicating what support services are available, such as employee assistance and work-life programs,” he said.

“(Support) services should be provided in a variety of ways – including chat, apps, online resources and phone – in order to meet the needs of various age groups, and provide resources in the manner they prefer,” Chaifetz added.

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