Blog Posts: Workplace Stress
Are you feeling stressed out at work? If you answered yes, you are among the one-third of American workers who experience work stress on a regular basis, according to a recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA). This and numerous other studies have determined work to be the number-one stressor for Americans today. The reason? Too much work, not enough compensation, and an overall lack of growth opportunity, according to the APA study.
Most workers in the U.S. believe their jobs are too stressful. In a recent Gallup poll, 33% of workers said they were totally dissatisfied with the amount of on-the-job stress they experience. An additional 37% were somewhat satisfied. Only 29% were completely satisfied with the amount of stress they deal with at work.
According to recent research published in the Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, the fastest-growing disease category in the 1990s was occupational stress disorder.
The workplace is a breeding ground for stress. A new survey found that 73% of employed Americans said they were stressed out on the job. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College, also found that low pay was the top work-related stressor for the second year in a row. There was a glimmer of good news, though: Fewer survey respondents this year, compared to last year, reported being afraid of being fired or laid off.
Yale researchers recently found that stressful experiences change the brain. Earlier studies had shown connections between chronic stress and psychological problems such as addiction, depression and anxiety, but the effects of stress on healthy individuals weren't as clear.
In today's business climate, employees are tasked with doing more with less. Many employees are working longer hours to cover heavier workloads and increased responsibility. Increased employee stress often accompanies increased pressures and demands on employees.