Health and Wellness

Sobering New Stats on Employee Stress

An analysis of three years of data shows a spike of nearly 50 percent in employee stress, depression, and anxiety cases. Why the increase and is there anything you can do about it?

Workplace Options, a global provider of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services, examined data representing more than 100,000 employees’ EAP inquiries from 2012 to 2014. While the number of cases dealing with personal emotional health issues remained relatively constant over the period, those related to stress, anxiety, and depression showed an “alarming” increase, according to the provider.

About four out of every 10 cases were related to personal emotional health issues. The number of cases around depression increased 58 percent between 2012 and 2014. Anxiety cases were up 74 percent and cases of employee stress increased 28 percent.

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