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Nurse Retention: One-Third of Employees Feel Tense and Anxious

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 17th, 2013

Employees are less depressed but more anxious than last year. One-third feel tense or anxious much of the time, according to a report published by the ComPsych Corporation.

Researchers compiled wellness data from employees to track trends in health and wellness. They identified the top 10 health problems and examined lifestyle choices and habits that affect a person’s health.

According to the report, depression moved from number 5 to number 9 of the top 10 employee health problems. Depressive symptoms decreased from 22% in 2012 to 17% in 2013.

Anxiety moved up to number 7 on the list, with one-third of employees across all industries reporting feeling tense or anxious much of the time. Many reported they frequently or always worry about their financial situation. Gastrointestinal disease moved to number 5 on the list of health problems. 29% of employees reported exercising once or less per week.

“Employees with full-blown anxiety disorders can cost employers in other ways as well,” according to the report. “They are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor.”

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