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“We all know that retirement is all about saving more now for later,” poses wellness advocate Rob Cooke. “What if we treated our mental health and overall well-being in the same capacity?” This question is just one of several ways that Cooke seeks to reconceptualize work-related stress. Such stress has a steep cost – both in dollars and in terms of human health – so Cooke’s TED Talk holds value for individuals, companies and governments alike.  


In the United States, work-related stress affects productivity, wellness, engagement, and other factors that cost trillions of dollars each year.

The United States pays a high price for work-related stress, which influences productivity and wellness. Stressed-out employees may become disengaged and are susceptible to on-the-job injuries and illnesses, as well as chronic conditions that affect their work. The cost of these problems is an estimated $2.2 trillion each year, or 12% of the nation’s GDP.

Why is the cost of work stress so steep? Consider a single mom whose stressful job involves prolonged sitting. She may lack time to cook, so she chooses convenience over nutrition. Over time, her work stress and diet of processed, sugary foods contribute to diabetes...

About the Speaker

Wellness advocate Rob Cooke is a relationship manager for individuals of high net worth. 

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