September 2019

Are employees equipped to handle stress?

Stress is a serious condition that’s becoming far too common. The fact is, 84% of the world’s population is feeling stressed.1 

  • Stress can cost businesses up to $187 billion per year.2

How stress impacts the workplace.

When employees are stressed, it can affect their relationships, their sleep patterns, and their work performance.

  • 1 in 3 U.S. workers report feeling high levels of stress at work.3
  • 16% of employees have had to quit a job due to stress.4

Stress affects an employee’s emotional well-being and can also impact their physical well-being. People who are stressed have a greater chance of developing serious health problems such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

These stress-related conditions can drive higher health care costs for your clients.

What can employers do?

It starts by seeing stress differently. Stress is not something an individual needs to suffer with in silence. If employees are stressed, they should know that they’re not alone. Stress can be tackled when employees take control and follow an effective plan of action.

Resources your clients can share with their employees.

We have doctor-approved tools and information your clients can share with their employees – including a stress quiz that helps individuals determine their level of stress. By having the tools to manage stress today, employees can enjoy a healthier, more productive future. Click here to access resources that clients can provide to their workforce.

  1. 2018 Cigna 360° Well-Being Survey
  2. The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Volume 23, “The Cost of work-related stress to society: A systemic review,” Hassard et al., January 2018.
  3. "Stress at Work" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last updated 9/17.
  4. “Workplace Stress Continues to Mount,” Korn Ferry Institute, November 2018,