Stress takes a toll on everyone in the workplace, young and old alike. That’s the finding of a study on UK workers—throwing cold water on the idea that young employees are more resilient in the face of workplace stress than their older counterparts.
In the study, reported on the HeartMath website, 72 percent of survey participants 30 years and younger reported taking at least one sick day in the previous 12 months, although only 46 percent of workers 55 years and older did the same. One possible reason: 86 percent of the younger group reported feeling stress at work, compared to 66 percent of older employees; 28 percent of the young workers said they were prepared to take a day off to recover, as opposed to 15 percent of their more senior colleagues. Older workers may have developed better coping skills.