April 02, 2014 09:00 ET

Keas Survey Reveals Trends and Insights Regarding Employee Stress in the Workplace

With 40 Percent of Employees Losing Sleep at Night, Employers Tasked With Addressing Stress Management Through Culture of Health Initiatives

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2014) - Keas (, the market leader in employer health and engagement programs, today released new survey data, revealing four in ten employees experience above average levels of job-related stress. Keas is bringing attention to these findings to kick off Stress Awareness Month, and is also providing additional insight and tips to bring greater awareness to the role of stress in the workplace and its impact on employee health.

High stress levels can cause, or worsen, a myriad of health issues for employees including heart disease, obesity, cardiovascular issues, depression and diabetes (among others). In addition, employers are paying 50 percent more annually in health costs for stressed employees, and are dealing with additional effects of stress that directly impact their profitability, such as loss of productivity, absenteeism, turnover and disengagement.

High Stress Woes Can Pack A Punch
According to the Keas Employee Happiness Index, 41 percent reported having above average levels of stress; of those respondents, the survey revealed:

  • The Weight of Stress on Women - More than seven in ten women (72 percent) experience above average levels of stress, compared to 28 percent of men
  • Age Doesn't Matter - Above average stress is an issue across the board: 40 percent of both Millennials and Baby Boomers suffer and 41 percent of Gen X is overly stressed
  • Stress Leads to Disengagement - More than three in four employees reported feeling unenthusiastic/disengaged or only generally satisfied with their job
  • Losing Sleep - 40 percent say they aren't getting enough sleep at night and 24 percent of which say work-related issues are the reason why
  • Work out to Work Stress Out - 83 percent say exercise increases their happiness, and exercise also elevates the good endorphins, like ABC, that help squash stress
  • Drinking to Wind Down - 66 percent say they regularly drink alcohol (beer, wine or liquor/cocktails) 

Average Stress, Above Average Engagement
Comparatively, employees who experience normal levels of job-related stress have a different approach to balancing workplace demands:

  • Average Stress Isn't So Bad - 48 percent say they are excited about and engaged in their jobs, and only two percent are disengaged
  • Everything's Coming Up Roses - 96 percent say they're happy at work and 79 percent say they're generally or extremely happy in life
  • Catching Zzz's - 30 percent are getting enough sleep every night and only 8 percent say work issues keep them awake
  • Teetotal to Reduce Stress? - 40 percent who have average stress levels say they don't drink alcohol

"As a go-to resource in the investment industry, our workforce is challenged by high stress environments daily," said Marcia Turnoy, VP of HR at Incapital. "My mission was to help employees manage and reduce stress and improve their overall health. With Keas, our staff was able to take control of their health socially and through health competition. As a result, communication and teamwork improved, employees were less stressed, and there was a clear shift in attitude towards health on a bigger scale." 

In light of the increased awareness around health challenges associated with high levels of stress, Keas is offering tips to help manage and combat stress in the workplace:

1. Clean the Clutter - If your workspace is messy, it could be causing undue stress. Take a few minutes to toss old papers and organize your desktop so you have a clean, clutter-free space. This can also apply to life at home, so tackle spring cleaning sooner rather than later, and you're sure to feel better
2. Take your Vitamin C - Whether it's a tall glass of orange juice or a quick pill, this vitamin can help boost your immune system and lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
3. Get Up and Get Out - Sometimes, you just need a break, so when you feel particularly stressed, take 10 minutes away from your desk and take a quick walk. The fresh air and endorphins from exercise will help you feel better, less stressed and more focused
4. Power Down - Set a time after work to power down your mobile devices. It's been shown that disconnecting from work and enjoying time with your family or doing something you love can help reduce stress, and those things don't require checking email.
5. Take Deep Breaths - It's been shown that deep breathing sends increased levels of oxygen throughout the bloodstream, helping to calm your body and your mind. Whether it's a slow, intentional deep breath or a specific breathing exercise, taking a moment to breathe can help you de-stress

"Employee stress needs to be a greater part of the conversation around workplace health," said Josh Stevens, Keas CEO. "As employers reevaluate their health programs for employees and begin developing a culture of health, they must also consider how stress prevention fits into the bigger picture. Major health issues associated with stress cause problems that ultimately affect the bottom line. Identifying what causes stress and providing resources to help mitigate the negative effects can be the difference between a healthy, engaged and productive workforce and the less-than-ideal alternative."

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, Keas recommends employees evaluate their stress levels and investigate ways, alongside their employer, to help combat stress and improve their health. 

About Keas
Keas is the leading health and engagement platform in the workplace. Keas promotes healthy behaviors and teamwork with an interactive application platform that delivers relevant, personalized content to hundreds of thousands of employees. Keas has a proven track record of supporting corporate HR in increasing retention, productivity, teamwork, collaboration and competitiveness. By rewarding people for achieving simple exercise and nutrition goals, employee health is improved and overall healthcare costs are decreased. Founded in 2008 by Adam Bosworth, Keas is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information or a demo, visit Follow Keas on Twitter at @Keas and on LinkedIn at

About the Survey
The Keas First Annual Employee Happiness Index provides a 360-degree view of overall happiness of today's employees by examining habits, personal preferences and perspectives about their experiences at work and in life. Keas polled 762 employees across the United States that are participating in their employer-offered Keas health program, via an online survey between September 17 and September 23, 2013. The margin of error is +/- 3.07 percentage points.

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