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According to the 2007 "Stress in America Report" by the American Psychological Association, three-fourths of Americans name work as a stressor--a jump from 59 percent in 2006.

And more than half said they were less productive at work as a result of stress. All that stress adds up to an estimated $300 billion a year in costs for U.S. businesses due to absenteeism, decreased productivity, employee turnover, and medical, legal and insurance fees.

The APA notes, however, that not all companies are taking those costs lying down. Responding to these challenges are forward-thinking organizations that make employees' emotional wellness a top priority, right along with the bottom line. One such company is Away With Clutter Inc., a professional organizing firm in San Diego. Dana H. Korey, who started the $2 million company in 2001, is a self-proclaimed "chairman of order." She implemented a wellness program for her employees after noticing that they were suffering from on-the-job stress.

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