(Bloomberg Business) — Take a look around your office. The most anxious employees in the room probably aren’t the graying bosses—they’re likely to be the millennials, new research shows.
For a report published on April 1, workplace-services firm Bensinger, DuPont & Associates found that about 30 percent of millennials—people born between 1978 and 1999—had workplace anxiety, more than any other age group. Among Generation X employees (born between 1965 and 1977), 26 percent reported anxiety. Around the same share of baby boomers (1946-1964) had anxiety on the job—25 percent.
To find out how stressed people were, BDA reviewed phone screenings it had done with 7,883 workers who used the company’s employee assistance program, from January 2013 to June 2014.
The numbers reaffirm previous studies that have found high rates of anxiety among millennials. One possible explanation is that anxiety tapers off with age, says Marie Apke, chief operating officer of Bensinger, Dupont & Associates. There could be something more to what this particular group of people is going through, however. Millennials emerged into adulthood with record amounts of student debt while facing relatively high unemployment rates. “They’re at the beginning of their careers, which is stressful, and they were born in a difficult time,” Apke says. “Their worldview and perspective is different.”
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