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Survey shows more burnout than expected
High stress is leading to employee burnout, according to the StressPulse survey by Chicago-based ComPsych Corp., a company specializing in employee assistance programs, managed behavioral health, work-life issues, and crisis intervention services.
"Employee stress levels have spiked due to the war, which was to be expected," says Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. "What is surprising, however, is the level of near-burnout we found in survey responses. More than 62% of employees are concerned with simply getting by and accomplishing only basic tasks, while 26% consider being present at work the most important objective."
This phenomenon of presenteeism — being present at work when distracted, tired or ill — can be triggered by high stress levels and can have a significant impact upon productivity and a company’s bottom line, he adds.
"World events, a lagging economy and increased workloads have conspired to deliver an enormous blow to worker morale and productivity," according to Chaifetz. "Employers should take note: Use whatever means possible to encourage and support your existing work force, whether it is recognition, training and personal development, or an employee assistance program."
Among the survey findings: