Quantifying the Costs of Stress
The World Health Organisation recently called stress "the health epidemic of the 21st century" and estimated that American businesses lose up to $300 billion a year due to employee stress.
Absenteeism, poor performance, employee turnover and stress-related workers compensation claims create an enormous loss in economic output.
In the UK, self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for an estimated 11.4m lost working days in 2009. On average, companies lose 8 days per year for each employee due to stress related absenteeism, costing the UK economy an estimated £ 23bn per year.