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October 29, 2012

Presenteeism on the Rise as Employees Show Fatigue From a Slow- to No-Hire Economy

Some 63 percent report high stress levels; more than one-third lose an hour per day of work due to stress

CHICAGO – Oct. 29, 2012 – Presenteeism has risen to 22 percent, according to the latest StressPulseSM survey by ComPsych Corp. ComPsych is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the pioneer and leading provider of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under the GuidanceResources brand.

“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,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “This can result in burnout and reduced performance.

“Employers should communicate clearly to workers about staffing expectations, and should support employees with resources to reduce stress and balance work-life issues,” he added.

Key Findings of StressPulse:

  • Presenteeism, or workers who see “being present” as their top priority, is up 3 points from 2011 to 22 percent
  • 36 percent of employees lose an hour or more per day at work due to stress
  • Stress/personal relationship issues is the number one reason for absences, continuing to outpace personal illness and caregiving as the most-common reason for missing work

StressPulse Results – 2012

Stress Levels

Point Change from 2011

63 percent

Have high levels of stress, with extreme fatigue/feeling out of control

-3

32 percent

Have constant but manageable stress levels

+2

5 percent

Have low stress levels

+1

Stress Work Priorities

59 percent

See accomplishing basic responsibilities as most important

-1

19 percent

See performance improvement as most important

-2

22 percent

See being present as most important

+3

Causes of Stress

39 percent

Cite workload

-1

34 percent

Cite people issues

+1

18 percent

Cite juggling work and personal life

0

9 percent

Cite lack of job security

0

Impact of Stress Upon Daily Productivity

41 percent

Lose 15 – 30 min. per day in productivity due to stress

-4

36 percent

Lose 1 hour or more per day in productivity due to stress

+2

23 percent

Report productivity is unaffected by stress

+2

Impact of Stress Upon Attendance

Point Change from 2011

55 percent

Miss 1 to 2 days per year due to stress

+3

29 percent

Miss 3 to 6 days per year due to stress

-1

16 percent

Miss more than 6 days per year due to stress

-2

Impact of Stress Upon Effectiveness

46 percent

Come to work 1 to 4 days per year when too stressed to be effective

-1

30 percent

Come to work 5 or more days per year when too stressed to be effective

+1

24 percent

Say stress does not impact effectiveness

0

Impact of Personal Tasks Upon Daily Productivity

41 percent

Lose less than 30 min. per day due to personal tasks

+2

40 percent

Lose 30 min. per day due to personal tasks

-2

19 percent

Lose more than 1 hour per day due to personal tasks

0

Most Common Reasons for Absences

46 percent

Cite stress and personal relationship issues

-2

43 percent

Cite medical reasons/illness (self)

+1

11 percent

Cite caregiving responsibilities

+1

Coping Strategies for Stress

53 percent

Take frequent “stress breaks” at work to talk with others

+1

36 percent

Work harder

+1

11 percent

Take a day off

-2

The StressPulse survey was conducted from Sept. 3 to Oct. 1, 2012, receiving responses from 1,880 employees nationwide.


About ComPsych
ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under the GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 17,000 organizations covering more than 45 million individuals throughout the U.S. and over 100 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and well-being. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ComPsych.

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