Managers today have the tools needed to reduce employee stress, create a supportive work environment, and build company-wide initiatives to increase adoption of supportive mental health services. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Stress is a killer—of people and of productivity.

The proof is manifold. Today, half of the 550 million working days that employers lose every year from absenteeism are driven by stress-related issues. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America said recently that 40 percent of employees experience a consistent level of stress or excessive anxiety. Meanwhile, the Mind the Workplace report found that 81 percent of employees with stress are also dealing with work-family issues and a 63 percent increase in mental health and behavioral problems.

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