The staggering cost of stress on your business [Infographic]

Everyone knows that stress is not good for you. But what if I told you it’s not good for your business, too? When we’re stressed out, our body sends out stress hormones through our body, one of them being cortisol. Those hormones affect our brain function, and more specifically our memory. And when there’s too much cortisol released, our brain has trouble generating new memories and accessing existing ones.

The cost of stress affects several bodily functions, and when we’re stressed, our brain gets washed with powerful hormones that are meant to help us in emergencies. So when we’re chronically stressed, these hormones damage and kill brain cells. Yikes.

Needless to say, stress can really impede our work productivity and make us much more ineffective at our work.

In fact, job stress costs U.S. companies $300 BILLION from turnover, absenteeism and loss of productivity. Ouch! There’s a lot of reasons for work/job stress. Sometimes it has to do with low salaries, too-heavy a workload, bad bosses, work-life balance, and so on.

We outlined some of these factors and the cost of stress in the infographic below, and what changes you can make at your company to help lower stress levels among your employees.


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Devan Perine

Devan Perine works with small business owners on their marketing and multimedia efforts. She's passionate about helping businesses build their presence online, and giving Gen Y a voice in the workplace. When she's not working, she loves to make a mess in the kitchen, and play with her band around Chicago. She loves to chat! Give her a shout on Google+, Twitter or LinkedIn.


  1. Istimsak Abdulbasir says:

    These solutions that you outline will come in handy when I am feeling stressed. This happens alot when are constantly worried about setbacks or if you had many. Nobody said running a business would not be stressful. Dreaming big is no easy task. Thanks for the solutions.

  2. This infographic vividly shows the human and financial cost of workplace stress. Thanks for inviting us to embed it in our websites. Here’s a link to a post I in which I used it.

  3. Alina Vrabie says:

    14% of workers have felt like striking a colleague. Can I just say… wow!

    • Tell me about it! Yikes… slightttttly frightening. Sadly I’ve actually witnessed this once in real life when going through orientation at a local fast food joint. I was talking with the manager and two employees got in a fist fight and the manager had to break them up. Needless to say, I decided it might not be best to work there. 😛

      • Alina Vrabie says:

        I’ve been lucky enough to work only within teams where everything is discussed in a mature way… and I *think* none of us ever wanted to strike each other. I can’t believe that you actually witnessed it!!
        We were just discussing here at Sandglaz how it would be interesting to see the breakdown by occupation for some of these statistics. I would guess that fast food/retail industries have a higher stress-related turnover rate than other industries…

        • Ha! Yes – It was also when I was a teen in high school — at least it makes a fun story now. 😉

          That would actually be super interesting — though stress causes people to do some crazy things (and not so good ones). Eeek!

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