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Focus On: Stress

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


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.


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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