Millenials Are More Likely To Take A Sick Day Due To Workplace Anxiety


Millenials are more likely to call in sick due to workplace anxiety, according to a new study.

According to a report published by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, some 30 percent of millenials (people born between 1978 and 1999), had workplace anxiety. Some 26 percent of Generation X employees and 25 percent of baby boomers reported the same type of anxiety.

To find out how stressed people were at work, the research authors reviewed phone screenings from the company’s employee assistance program. Anxious workers were more likely to report having troubles staying at work, skipping work and maintaining relationships with coworkers.

Additionally, it was found that young adults seem more worried than their older peers at work. 21 percent of employees admitted having trouble with absenteeism when anxious, compared to 17 percent of Gen X and 18 percent of baby boomer employees.

“They’re at the beginning of their careers, which is stressful, and they were born in a difficult time,” Marie Apke, chief operating officer of Bensinger, Dupont & Associates said. “Their worldview and perspective is different.”

Apke noted that anxiety often tapers off with age, though there could be something more to the anxiety this generation is experiencing. For example, millenials are entering adulthood with record amounts of student debt and high unemployment rates.

The researchers noted the employers should recognize that millenials may respond differently to anxiety than other employees. A few sick days could very well be considered mental health days.

Source: Malay Mail Online

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