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Stress Facts for Organizations to Consider


  • • Over 50% of the 550 million working days lost each year in the USA because of absenteeism are due to stress
                  The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

  • 20% of the direct costs associated with high turnover, strikes, work stoppages and absenteeism were due to stress
                  1996 Marketdata Enterprises Survey

  • Employees under sustained stress are more likely to suffer:
    • 3 x more heart problems, back problems
    • 5 x more of certain cancers
    • 2-3 x more conflicts, mental health problems, infections, injuries
    • 2 x more
          Health Canada Website

  • It is estimated that 10% of working Canadians, about 1.4 million people, suffer from depression, which is often caused by stress.
                 The Business and Economic Roundtable on Mental Health

  • Mental health claims are the fastest growing category of disability costs in Canada
                  Manulife Financial Group

  • Emotional distress and mental illness account for 20-30% of all employee absenteeism and industrial accidents, and mental or emotional problems at work exceeded physical causes as the primary reason for worker absenteeism for the first time ever in 1998.
                   The Canadian Mental Health Association
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