Oct. 21, 2013

Elevated Stress Levels Are the "New Norm" for Employees, According to ComPsych® StressPulse Report 

CHICAGO – Oct. 21, 2013 – Employee stress levels remain elevated according to the latest StressPulse(SM) report by ComPsych® Corporation. Some 62 percent of employees report having high levels of stress, with extreme fatigue/feeling out of control and 33 percent report having constant but manageable levels of stress. ComPsych is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources brand. To see the full report, plus tips for managing stress in the workplace, go to here.

“The percentage of employees in the ‘high’ stress category has remained relatively unchanged in recent years,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “People continue to be asked to do more work and this primary cause of stress is compounded by other factors such as uncertainty in financial markets and confusion related to health care changes. This is in addition to ongoing work-life stressors.”

Key Findings of StressPulse:

* 62 percent of employees have high levels of stress, with extreme fatigue/feeling out of control

* Employees reported the following work priorities:

    > 59 percent of employees see accomplishing basic responsibilities as most important

    > 22 percent see being present as most important

    > Only19 percent see performance improvement as most important

* 34 percent lose 1 hour or more per day in productivity due to stress

* 31 percent miss 3 to 6 days per year due to stress

* 15 percent miss more than 6 days per year due to stress



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 its GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 20,000 organizations covering more than 55 million individuals throughout the U.S. and over 120 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.compsych.com and follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ComPsych.

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Jennifer Hudson
ComPsych® Corporation
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