Most employers are combating stress at work by offering programs to help employees cope. According to a new survey from Buck Consultants, 66 percent of employers have implemented at least four programs intended to reduce stress.

"Most employers realize that a stressed-out workforce drives up health care costs," said Barry Hall, principal at Buck Consultants, in a press release. "Employers are responding by introducing numerous methods to combat the impact of work-related stress."

In fact, according to figures provided by Buck Consultants, stress has a huge impact on health care costs and rising rates of absenteeism. Eighty-two percent of respondents indicate their health care costs are significantly or moderately impacted by stress; 79 percent report significant or moderate impact on absenteeism; and 77 percent cite significant or moderate impact on workplace safety.

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