Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, poses the question: Stress Making You Sick? Sickness Making You Stressed? She notes that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century,” and she makes the point that stress and health are inextricably linked: “All of this stress is also making us sick: 74 percent of respondents said their health was affected by stress, while 43 percent said that a health concern is a leading cause of stress. And it’s a vicious cycle– 80 percent of people in poor health reported that their health problems increased their stress levels.”
Employers and employees agree that workforce stress is an issue, but disconnect on its causes, according to the Tower Watson 2013-2014 Staying@Work Report. See the infographic below (click for larger) and for more on stress, see the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America report.
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