Workplace stress makes it difficult to focus on tasks: Survey

One-fifth of stressed workers commit errors, miss deadlines
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/28/2012

More than one-half (56.3 per cent) of 2,500 employees in the United States said workplace stress makes it difficult to focus on tasks, according to a survey by ComPsych.

Another 21 per cent said stress causes them to commit errors or miss deadlines and more than 15 per cent said stress causes conflict with co-workers and superiors.

“Unchecked stress can result in a number of productivity-sapping outcomes, from diminished work quality to absenteeism to co-worker clashes,” said Richard Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych, provider of employee assistance programs and administration services.

“Organizations looking to compete in a volatile marketplace are proactively addressing stress — this can enhance employee well-being and, therefore, engagement.”

When asked “How does stress impact your work?” employees answered:
•“difficulty focusing on tasks” (56.3 per cent)
•“errors or missed deadlines” (21 per cent)
•“trouble getting along with co-workers, superiors” (15.5 per cent)
•“missed days” (14.9 per cent)
•“lateness” (14.4 per cent)
•“other” (28.1 per cent).

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