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Layoffs, pay cuts and an uncertain economy have left many organizations with fewer employees to do the work—often for the same or less money. Not all of those employees are handling it well.

A Robert Half International survey reveals that nearly half of U.S. workers feel stressed out, compared with 39% in other countries. They say they’re sad, worried, distracted, burned out and low on morale.

Those kinds of feelings lead to lower productivity, often because of “presenteeism” by employees who show up but don’t feel well enough to work. In fact, says the Integrated Benefits Institute, nearly two-thirds of depression-related productivity losses are due to presenteeism. (See “Measure productivity loss when tallying up health costs” to learn more about the associated costs.)

Here are a dozen ways to deal with economy-induced employee stress and help your employees focus on their work:

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