Workplace stress a costly issue

Health-care survey finds employees looking for support
By Sarah Dobson
||Last Updated: 05/04/2009

Workplace stress is a serious and costly issue impacting employee health. Almost four in 10 (39 per cent) respondents to a sanofi-aventis health-care survey said workplace stress has made them physically ill at times (compared to 25 per cent in 2002) and 18 per cent say stress, both at home and work, has made them physically ill.

Respondents also have growing concerns about being at risk for developing chronic diseases such as cancer (78 per cent versus 60 per cent in 2001), heart disease (70 per cent versus 57 per cent in 2001) and diabetes (54 per cent versus 39 per cent in 2001).

“Beyond governments, they are looking to their employers for support and access to health education and programming,” said Chris Bonnett, a member of the survey’s advisory board and president of Toronto-based H3 Consulting.