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The Effects of Workplace Phobic Anxiety on Attendance, Performance, and More

The Effects of Workplace Phobic Anxiety on Attendance, Performance, and More

One person shared their experience of living with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and their struggle with this in the workplace. They shared their story on The Mighty; here is an excerpt from their story:

“I might sit in my car for 20 minutes before I walk into the office, but at least I’m not bringing my anxiety with me…I felt having panic attacks at the office …meant I’ll never gain or keep the trust of my co-workers. I’ll never get promoted.”

Nearly everyone experiences a little anxiety from time to time – prepping for exams, interviews, and speeches are certainly prevalent areas where anxiety can be found. However, anxiety disorders run much deeper than this, and can significantly impact a person’s daily life. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States – affecting about 40 million people. Either as a upper-level manager or as an entry level employee, anxiety can impact the workplace more than a person realizes. If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, or if one of your employees has disclosed that they have an anxiety disorder, understanding the ways this can affect workplace attendance, performance, and more can give you a “leg up” in providing (or receiving) the best support possible.

A 2017 study published in BioMed Research International analyzed responses from 739 workers who were selected from a company database and asked to complete self-administered questionnaires regarding job demands, job resources, burnout, social support, work engagement, exhaustion, workplace phobia anxiety, and more. In this particular study, workplace phobic anxiety was defined as “physiological arousal when confronted with the stimulus workplace….and tendency towards workplace avoidance.”

From the study, researchers derived the following findings:

  • Perceived job demands were related to emotional exhaustion in workers, which moderately predicted workplace phobia anxiety
  • Perceived job resources were found to be linked to workplace engagement, which, if a positive relationship is found, is linked with decreased workplace phobia anxiety
  • In general, workplace engagement was linked with decreased workplace anxiety
  • Workplace phobic anxiety was found to be directly related to absenteeism, both in duration and frequency
  • If a worker takes an extended sick leave, the perception of workplace phobic anxiety increases due to uncertainties about returning to the job

Researchers from the study suggested that workplace demands and resources provided could impact one’s experience with anxiety in the workplace. If one or more of your employees have disclosed their anxiety with work, please consider speaking with them about their job demands, and provide them with additional resources to succeed in the workplace. If you have been diagnosed with anxiety, please speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about programs that can fit your needs. Anxiety is treatable.

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