More than three quarters of Americans are stressing out about something related to their job, according to data just released in the 2011 Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College.
The survey of nearly 1,000 adults found that 77 percent of Americans are stressed by at least one thing at work. Overall, 1 percent of adults ranked low pay as the most stressful aspect, followed by commuting (11 percent), unreasonable workload (9 percent) and fear of being fired or laid off (9 percent).
Annoying coworkers ranked in the middle (8 percent), followed by the boss (5 percent), poor work-life balance (5 percent) and lack of opportunity for advancement (4 percent).
“Most employers are becoming well aware of the need to address rising employee stress, and those who don’t address it are likely to suffer lower morale and productivity,” said Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College in a news release.
The survey was conducted to coincide with April’s National Stress Awareness Month, when health care professionals across the country join forces to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for stress.
“The impact of stress cannot be overstated,” said Davis K. Brimberg, a Los Angeles-based psychologist who focuses on workplace issues. “Almost all psychological problems are worsened by it. People of all occupations and income levels are greatly affected. Counseling can be very helpful in relieving signs and symptoms of stress-related issues.”
The survey found that workplace anxiety levels are also high among young adults ages 18-34. The age group ranked low pay (18 percent) and annoying coworkers (11 percent) as the top two stress factors. Other key stressors include commuting (9 percent) and fear of being fired (9 percent).
Low pay is the most stressful aspect of the job for every region of the country except the Midwest, where fear of being fired or laid off ranks first at 13 percent. Only 6 percent of Midwesterners ranked low pay as the most stressful aspect of their job, compared with approximately 16 percent of those who live in the Northeast, South and West.
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