Our guest for the June 5th show is Wendy Cullen. We will talk about the causes of worker stress. The science of work stress and health and solutions. The Department of Labor released the job situation numbers for Americans Friday June 3rd. The number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1 percent) were essentially unchanged in May. The labor force, at 153.7 million, was little changed over the month.
But wait. What if you are fortunate to have a job–you are not unemployed — but your job has you stressed out!
More than three-fourths of U.S. workers are stressed out about their jobs, according to a study by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College. The 2011 Work Stress Survey by Harris Interactive finds 77 percent of Americans say they are stressed out about something related to their job. “We’ve seen numerous surveys that confirm workplace stress has increased during the last several years, and this time we wanted to rank from top to bottom some of the root causes,” said Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. “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.”
Here’s a rundown of the chief causes of worker stress:
14 percent, low pay
11 percent, commuting
9 percent, an unreasonable workload
9 percent, fear of being laid off
8 percent, annoying co-workers
5 percent, an annoying boss
5 percent, poor work-life balance
4 percent, lack of opportunity for advancement
Young adults ages 18-34 ranked low pay and annoying co-workers as the top two stress factors.
College graduates ranked losing their job as the biggest cause of stress, followed by unreasonable workload and low pay.
21 percent of respondents said they had no job stress.
24 percent of married people were stressed about their jobs, compared to 14 percent of singles.
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For complete results of the study see press release below