About one-third of workers report high levels of stress. This can create a burden for employers in health care costs, periods of disability, absenteeism, job turnover and poor productivity.
Job stress is estimated to cost American companies more than $300 billion a year in health costs, absenteeism and poor performance. In addition, consider these statistics:
Graphic adapted from "The Business Case for a Healthy Workplace" produced by Industrial Accident and Prevention Association. To download the full report, click here.
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