National Poll Reveals Prevalence of Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

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Marsha Fisher
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Raleigh, N.C. (September 3, 2019)

A recent poll commissioned by Workplace Options indicates an overwhelming number of American workers are dealing with stress. In the poll, 71 percent of employees identified themselves as being somewhat or very stressed.

“When close to three quarters of the workforce report they are feeling stressed, we need to pay attention,” explains Alan King, President and Chief Operating Office at Workplace Options, the world’s largest independent provider of employee wellbeing support solutions. “More importantly, we need to do something about it. Unmanaged stress can lead to workplace conflict, performance issues, absenteeism and numerous health problems,” adds King.

The poll also found that 29 percent of employees reported they had been diagnosed with anxiety. That percentage was highest among 18 to 29-year-olds, of which 40 percent of those polled said they had been diagnosed with anxiety.

Despite the large number of employees reporting they struggle with stress and anxiety, 58 percent of the employees polled reported their employer did not provide access to emotional wellbeing support.

“Offering employees access to emotional wellbeing support is an investment in the overall health of an organization,” shares Dean Debnam, Chief Executive Officer at Workplace Options. “We have seen a number of studies showing that workplace wellbeing interventions can have a positive impact on employees and the companies where they work.”

The survey also found that 13 percent of employees polled were unsure of whether their employer offered access to emotional wellbeing support, indicating employers may need to do a better job communicating the availability of resources to their employees.

The poll also found:

  • Of those employees polled whose employers offered emotional wellbeing support, 42 percent said they were very likely to use the support if needed.
  • 51 percent of employees reported their employer did not provide free stress management support such as tip sheets, resources or mindfulness programs.
  • Of those whose employer did offer some sort of support for stress management, 48 percent said they were very likely to access those resources if needed.
  • 18-29 year olds were most likely (63%) to say they would access stress management support if needed.

“It is encouraging to see that the younger generation of workers are willing to reach out for help if they need it,” shares Debnam. “It shows me that we have made some progress towards overcoming the stigma associated with seeking emotional wellbeing support.”

The national poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling on June 17-19, 2019, and is based on responses from 544 working Americans. The margin of error is +/- 4.2 percent. Full results are available HERE. For more information about Workplace Options, visit or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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About Workplace Options

Workplace Options helps employees balance their work, family and personal needs to become healthier, happier and more productive, both personally and professionally. The company’s world-class employee support, effectiveness and wellbeing services provide information, resources, referrals and consultation on a variety of issues ranging from dependent care and stress management to clinical services and wellness programs.

Drawing from an international network of credentialed providers and professionals, Workplace Options is the world’s largest integrated employee support and work-life services provider. Service centers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Portugal, France, Belgium, UAE, Singapore, Japan, China, India and Indonesia support more than 58 million employees across 90,000 organizations and more than 200 countries and territories. To learn more, visit