This study examines the business case for well-being interventions in the workplace by examining the individual and organizational outcomes of stress, anxiety, and depression. A case study of 2,507 employees from a financial services firm provided data to examine the firm-specific relations between psychological distress and outcome variables. Canonical correlation analyses found that burnout, negative productivity, life satisfaction (-), and physical health (-) were all related to stress, anxiety, and depression. More specifically, stress and depression showed the strongest positive associations with burnout and negative productivity. The results suggest that a strong business case can be made for trying to alleviate psychological problems in the workplace by focusing attention on the costs associated with burnout and reduced productivity. We argue that tailored business-case rationales are needed at the firm level in order to advance meaningful and sustained intervention strategies.

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Journal Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Murphy, S.A. (Steven A.), Duxbury, L, & Higgins, C. (Christopher). (2006). The individual and organizational consequences of stress, anxiety, and depression in the workplace: A case study. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 25(2), 143–157.