Presenteeism was the highest reported job impact with over 60% of all participants with anxiety reporting it as a concern. The differences between generations in presenteeism are slight, however the authors find the similarities in rates of reported presenteeism to be noteworthy.
I am maxed out with my job. I am trying to balance my family of 4 kids. My job is consuming all my energy and I can’t shut it off. My family is affected. I am constantly working but I am not accomplishing very much. I don’t know how to shut my mind off and not think of work.
- Generation X Female
Though each generation reported a relationship between absenteeism and anxiety, the degree of impact varied. Generation Y reported the highest levels of absenteeism with Boomers reporting the least amount of absenteeism. Note that absenteeism appears to decrease in a linear fashion with age. Generational differences in attitudes toward work may help explain these differences. Boomers tend to value visibility at work, perhaps with a greater intensity, than their generational counterparts. This data does not suggest Gen Y experiences the effects of anxiety more intensely than other generations, but that members of Gen Y may be more inclined to call in sick or take a day off when feeling anxious.
The generational differences in declining workplace relationships are noteworthy. In contrast to the previous categories, Boomers were the most likely to report conflict in their relationships at work. Compared to Gen Y, Boomers were twice as likely to have declines in workplace relationships due to anxiety. Unlike the absenteeism data, declines in workplace relationships appear to increase as the workforce ages.
Similar to declines in relationships at work, Boomers were most likely to report incidents of disciplinary action due to anxiety.
I got caught smoking while on job (on premises) and I am currently suspended with pay. I want to quit.
- Baby Boomer Female