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It’s No Surprise That You’re Stressed

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Apr 17, 2015

SqueezedAccording to data compiled by the workplace-services firm Bensinger, Dupont & Associates, millennials report being stressed out more than any other age group at the office. Among 7,883 workers who used BDA’s Employee Assistance Program, 30 percent of millennials said they have workplace anxiety, compared to 26 percent of Generation X’ers and 25 percent of Baby Boomers.

Feeling anxious at work can be a bigger deal than you might think, since it can lead to diminished work performance in several ways. According to BDA, absenteeism, or not showing up to work, is most common among anxious millennials, while presenteeism—being present at work physically but mentally checking out—is the most common negative effect in Gen X’ers. Boomers are most likely to report relationship conflicts as a result of anxiety.

But why are millennials so stressed out? Marie Apke, BDA’s chief operating officer, suggests that anxiety may taper off with age. Then again, it could also be because millennials are struggling under record amounts of student debt and a shaky job market.