ComPsych Report Reveals Generational Differences in Employee Stressors

Millennials have highest rate of anxiety; GenXers have most
relationship issues

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Despite an improving job market, workers are still experiencing high
levels of stress, according to the 2016 ComPsych® StressPulse®
Report. Looking across three different age groups – Millennials,
Generation X and Baby Boomers – the report revealed Millennials have the
highest rates of anxiety and depression, and GenX employees have the
highest rate of relationship issues.

Key findings of StressPulse

  • Millennial workers experience the most anxiety of the age groups, due
    in large part to entering the workforce for the first time and
    crippling student loan debt. In addition, 7.2 percent of Millennials
    have reported issues of depression, the highest among the three
    generational groups.
  • Generation X workers are focused on raising children and providing for
    their family, with 19.6 percent of GenXers having relationship
    problems as their top presenting issue, the highest rate among the age
  • Baby Boomers experience more stress due to loss of friends and family
    with the highest rate of bereavement issues at 5 percent.
  • Overall, 92 percent of employees have either high levels of stress
    with extreme fatigue/feeling out of control (60 percent) or constant
    but manageable stress levels (32 percent).
  • When asked what their biggest cause of stress at home was, 24 percent
    of employees said “financial issues.”

“Employees of different age groups have very different causes of
stress,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of
ComPsych. “Employers should take this into consideration when
communicating what support services are available, such as employee
assistance and work-life programs. In addition, access to EAP services
should be provided in a variety of ways – including chat, apps, online
resources and phone – in order to meet the needs of various age groups,
and provide resources in the manner they prefer.”

To download the report, Stress and Generational Differences Among
Workers, click here.

About ComPsych

ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of
employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide
leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life,
HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources®
brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 31,000 organizations
covering more than 82 million individuals throughout the U.S. and over
130 countries. For more information, visit


Jennifer Hudson
ComPsych® Corporation