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Stress at work is becoming a major driver of mental health challenges, especially in the wake of the pandemic, which magnified feelings of anxiety, stress, burnout and loneliness, and employees want their employers to help.

Calm, a software company that provides meditation tools, polled its users to find out what situations prompted them to use the stress-relief products it offers. Challenges at work topped the list, ranking higher than personal illness, family health concerns and loss of a loved one, according to the “2023 Workplace Mental Health Trends: The Future of Work” study. More than two-thirds (67%) of employees want their employer to help them take care of their stress and anxiety, and Calm noted employers have the incentive to do so as mental health can impact employee performance and potentially increase costs.

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