83% of Americans Are Stressed Out at Work
Posted June 10, 2013on:
A recent survey paid for by Everest College found that a surprising 83 percent of workers say they’re stressed out at work. That’s a 10 percent jump from 2012, and John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College, puts a lot of the blame on the economy.
“The economy has improved, but choices employers made three and four years ago are starting to impact employees,” he says.
That means heavier workloads, low pay and greater fear of being laid off, for starters. But even people in high-paying jobs are stressed, but for different reasons.
One popular source of stress, they say, is constantly being available. Smartphones and tablets now mean that more people are never “off the clock,” and instead, they are working all the time. But for those with household income of over $100,000, the biggest group blamed unreasonable workload for their stress.
But some employers are finding ways to help reduce workplace stress. For example, Ocean Bank in Miami has started wellness classes, lunch and learn workshops on time management, and exercise classes to help their staff.
Another important step is for workers to find ways to reduce stress such as taking short walks on lunch break and eating healthier. Even little things can make a big difference.