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Stress and The Holidays

The coming of winter, the holiday season and the end of the calendar year can be a very stressful time for most adults. People are stressed by:

  • Travelling during bad or unpredictable weather.
  • Focus on: StressBusy parking lots and long line-ups at stores.
  • Being apart from family members.
  • Worrying about bills.
  • Purchasing & wrapping gifts, decorating, extra cooking/baking.
  • Concerns about what the New Year will bring.

The Cost of Stress

Stress-related absences cost Canadian businesses approximately $12 billion a year. Chrysalis Performance Inc. research shows that stress in a business contributes to:

  • 19% of absenteeism costs
  • 40% of turnover costs
  • 55% of EAP costs
  • 30% of STD and LTD costs
  • 60% of workplace accidents
  • 10% of drug plan costs

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Shiftwork and Stress

Shiftwork may contribute to an increased stress level. Employees feel stressed because:

  • They miss participating in school and family events and activities.
  • They miss socializing with friends.
  • Shift rotations make it difficult to form routines.
  • It's difficult to participate in organized activities (e.g. sports, clubs).
  • Finding quality child care is more difficult.
  • They are trying to cope with mental and physical fatigue.

Stress associated with shiftwork can lead to:

  • Feelings of decreased job satisfaction and motivation.
  • Feelings of isolation.
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Worsening of existing health problems.

Coping Techniques

Our "Coping with Stress at Work" section provides information and suggestions for coping with stress. This information can be applied to most situations.

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Stats and Facts

  • Over 1 in 4 workers are highly stressed.
  • A majority of Canadians (51%) reported that work was a major or moderate source of stress in their lives.
  • Sustained stress for employees can double the likelihood of heart problems.
  • About 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will experience major depression in the course of their lives.
  • Stress related disorders are costing Canadian businesses $20 billion annually.

Additional Resources

Here are some other websites to consider for additional information:

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Revised: July 31, 2014

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