Workplace stress can have a big impact on employees, often leading to higher rates of illness, absenteeism and turnover. While employers have put in place some effective well-being strategies that have made meaningful strides in reducing behavioral and biometric risks, fostering emotional well-being in general, and reducing stress in particular, remains stubbornly challenging.
Office-related stress plays a big part in a new study from WalletHub that compares stress among states. The financial site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key dimensions using 38 different indicators: work-related stress, money-related stress, family-related stress and health and safety related stress.
Regarding work-related stress, points were tallied based on things like job security, unemployment rates and income growth rates. As for money-related stressors, median incomes and housing affordability were taken into consideration. In addition, family-related stress was calculated using childcare costs rates and parental-leave policies while health and safety stressors were calculated using statistics on increases in annual health premiums, suicide rates and mental health.
Employees who may have thrived in a social office setting are suddenly finding the alone time unsettling, while others may wish they were alone as they share workspace with a partner and/or their children.