(New York, NY) -- The state of the economy has many workers worried sick.
An online survey found one in five employees in the U.S. are facing mental health problems because they are worried about losing their jobs.
The study was conducted by the employment agency Adecco USA.
Of the 1,068 people surveyed, 215 said the recession has taken a toll on their state of mind.
Another 359 people said their stress level at work has gone up since the economy turned south.
All that extra stress can lead to employees being distracted and less productive.
Adecco USA's chief career officer, Bernadette Kenny, says the best thing an employer can do to to curb workplace anxiety is be upfront about how the company is handling the recession.
In addition, it's a good idea to make sure managers are visible whenever possible.
Experts also say a little employee appreciation can go a long way.
Meanwhile, stressed out workers are simply being told to try and stay positive.
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