Workplace Stress Skyrockets

May 20, 2003 ( - ComPsych Corporation, a Chicago-based employee-counseling company, has seen first hand the many and varied stresses on today's workers.

According to a company news release, ComPsych has seen a 23%-increase in “critical incident counseling” requests for its client companies in the first quarter 2003 over the year before.

Of the CISDs ComPsych conducted in first quarter 2003:

  • 38% were related to the death of an employee – including 4%, which were employee suicides
  • 35% were related to robberies
  • 27% were related to worker anxiety and terminations.

These sessions were conducted at employer sites by ComPsych counselors in group and one-on-one sessions to minimize employees’ adverse reactions to trauma, the company said.