Over a quarter of Swiss employees are stressed to critical levels. In 2018 Health Promotion Switzerland (Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz / Promotion Santé Suisse) reported that the productivity loss caused by the critical stress levels costs CHF6.5 billion/year (USD 6.6 billion/year), or a full percent of Switzerland's GDP. Absenteeism (5.5%) and Presenteeism (15.6%) among the 16-24-year-old population are at 21.1%. Absenteeism is discussed much more often, even though absenteeism is three times higher.
A Gallup survey found that on average Americans work 47 hours per week. Entrepreneurs frequently work more than that, which can lead to physical and emotional strain.
Starting a new business is exciting, but eventually, the honeymoon phase will be over. Daily stress and repetitive work will take over; everyday responsibilities can begin to wear one down and can become overwhelming.
If you start to notice symptoms such as chronic fatigue and exhaustion, irritability and decreased productivity, problems concentrating, and many more such symptoms, it may well be a sign of an early onset of burnout.
Online search results for “what is burnout” has risen 55% in Britain since April 2019. This increase may also have something to do with the fact that the WHO officially recognizes burnout an illness since April. People are also worried more if they have burnout symptoms, and they more frequently search for “burnout test” online. The problems have been there for longer, and the fact that people are starting to pay more attention is a good sign. We need to be aware of the symptoms to recognize the symptoms.
The Wall Street Journal Published an interesting article today about work stress in relationships, there are some coping tips which can help too. When couples live together and are under stress at work the most common situation is that both or one of the partners unload all their work stress on each other or the other partner. This phenomenon is common enough that it was coined the spillover effect by Sears. M et al.
There are different responses to which people default to when it comes to work stress, most men default to a fight-or-flight response, where they either start an argument or avoid the partner. Whereas most women cope with the tend-and-befriend response, taking care of offspring or talking to a third-party. Interestingly this causes more arguments in the relationship than the fight-or-flight response.
resilient and Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne were presenting the poster below at Personalised Health Technologies and Translational Research Conference 2018 at ETH Zurich.
We have started our first ambulatory assessment study, this study consists of 10 subjects, five with burnout and five without burnout, data will be collected for a 14-day time period. This first ambulatory assessment was made possible through our partner the psy-bern AG. Subjects are given multiple questionnaires, which are used in todays clinical and ambulatory settings, we also developed our own questionnaires in app together with the psy-bern AG. Subjects also receive hardware such as a Smartphone (with our App installed), a Polar H10 chest belt (sponsored by Polar Switzerland), multiple accelerometer sensors and a bed sensor. In the end we will use this first trial dataset to model and predict stress.
The Universities of Applied Sciences in Bern and Zurich conducted a three-year (2014-2016) study and discovered, that a quarter of all Swiss employees are stressed and exhausted. It's important to note that absenteeism is only the tip of the iceberg, on-the-job inefficiencies caused by high-stress cost twice as much as absenteeism costs.