Workplace Stress

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Do you know these statistics about workplace stress?

  • Workplace stress has been reported to cause 120,000 deaths in the US each year.
  • Approximately 65% of U.S. workers surveyed have characterized work as being a very significant or somewhat significant source of stress in each year from 2019-2021.
  • 83% of US workers suffer from work-related stress 54% of workers report that work stress affects their home life.
  • Nearly one in five US adults live with a mental illness.
  • For every $1 spent on ordinary mental health concerns, employers see a $4 return in productivity gains.

Stress can be harmful to our health and increase mental health challenges. Mental health challenges can include clinical mental illness and substance use disorders as well as other emotions like stress, grief, feeling sad and anxious, where these feelings are temporary and not part of a diagnosable condition. While there are many things in life that induce stress, work can be one of those factors. However, workplaces can also be a key place for resources, solutions, and activities designed to improve our mental health and well-being.

Workplace stress and poor mental health can negatively affect workers through:

  • Job performance
  • Productivity
  • Work engagement and communication
  • Physical capability and daily functioning

Did you also know that OSHA has a workplace stress-dedicated website? You’ll find lots of great information here.

Additionally, there’s a link to Workers’ Rights on the left side of this landing page.

Please share this resource with your team and colleagues.  As we know from the statistics as well as all that we’ve read and experienced during the PHE, workplace stress should be on all of our minds along with plans and goals to improve the physical and mental health in our workplaces.  All of our employees are essential!