One in five U.S. workers surveyed by staffing agency Adecco USA say the recession is affecting their emotional health as they battle anxiety and fear over the potential loss of their jobs.
Stressed out employees, managers, and even owners seem to spend the better part of each day figuring out ways to avoid work, complaining about the work they have, or redoing work. These behaviors have recently been reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine as a workplace condition called presenteeism showing up for work but not being very productive. It's like absenteeism … but worse. With presenteeism, employees are still showing up and still receiving a full paycheck. But they likely are disrupting and demoralizing the other workers and not doing the jobs they are being paid to do.
The cost of this presenteeism in the U.S. alone is in the hundreds of billions of dollars and results in over 2.5 billion lost workdays per year.