In a study into Health, Wellbeing and Productivity it was found that employees describing themselves as highly stressed lost 77 per cent more days (4.6 days) to absence on average than low-stressed employees (2.6).
They lost a further 50 per cent more time to presenteeism (attending work when unwell and unproductive), than their less-stressed peers.
Engagement scores were also hit. Well over half (57 per cent) of highly stressed employees said they felt disengaged from work, while only one in ten low-stressed workers were disengaged.
Conversely, almost half (59 per cent) of low-stressed respondents said they were highly engaged, but only 8 per cent of highly stressed workers could say the same.
Most employers know that it’s important to tackle stress, but there appears to be a ‘disconnect’ in perceptions between employers and employees on its causes.
Employers think that lack of work/life balance, inadequate staffing and expanded technology (the capability of reaching workers at home on email and the like), are the top three causes of stress, according to the Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey.
Meanwhile, employees said that inadequate staffing, low pay, and unclear job expectations were the three top causes of stress.
More than half of employees said that inadequate staffing was the biggest factor, but only 15 per cent of managers said that this was an issue.