A vast majority (93 per cent) of U.S. employees say they’re feeling stressed, with many citing finances as one source (84 per cent) or the main source (50 per cent) of stress, according to a new survey by Lincoln Financial Group.

The survey, which polled more than 2,600 employees, found among workers who reported feeling stressed, half (49 per cent) described their stress as moderate, followed by mild (32 per cent) and severe (12 per cent). More than half (57 per cent) said they experience physical symptoms of stress.

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When asked about the financial impact of stress, a third (31 per cent) said it has impacted their ability to focus on financial goals. Similarly, 32 per cent said stress has negatively impacted their ability to improve their health and well-being, followed by interactions with colleagues and family members (29 per cent) and workplace productivity (25 per cent).

“Mental-health challenges can significantly impact an employee’s ability to conduct their daily activities, both at home and at work,” said Sharon Scanlon, senior vice-president of customer experience, marketing and transformation at Lincoln Financial Group, in a press release. “Ensuring employees feel fully supported and educated on the benefits available to them can help employers improve employee outcomes while strengthening their business.”

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