Chronic work-related stress common: study

Washington – More than 1 out of 3 American workers may experience chronic work stress, according to the results of a new survey (.pdf file) from the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence.

Conducted Jan. 9-21, the survey of 1,501 adults from a variety of industries found top factors contributing to stress were low salaries, lack of opportunity for advancement and heavy workloads.

Although almost 70 percent of respondents expressed satisfaction with their employer’s safety and health practices, only 36 percent reported their employer provided adequate resources to manage stress. Other issues for workers included feeling undervalued, unfair performance evaluation criteria and lack of opportunities for input at work.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy. (Anonymous comments are welcome; merely skip the “name” field in the comment box. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.)