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The survey of nearly 1,000 adults found that a majority of Americans (77%) are stressed by at least one thing at work. Overall, 14% of adults ranked low pay as the most stressful aspect, followed by commuting (11%), unreasonable workload (9%) and fear of being fired or laid off (9%). Annoying coworkers ranked in the middle (8%), followed by the boss (5%), poor work-life balance (5%) and lack of opportunity for advancement (4%).
“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
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 the modern stress epidemic.
“The impact of stress cannot be overstated,” said
Anxiety Runs High Among Young Adults
The survey found that workplace anxiety levels are high among young adults ages 18-34. The age group ranked low pay (18%) and annoying coworkers (11%) as the top two stress factors. Other key stressors include commuting (9%) and fear of being fired (9%).
Similar to other Americans, 13% of college graduates ranked losing their job as the biggest stressor, followed by unreasonable workload (12%) and low pay (11%).
“There have been some positive signs in the labor market regarding employment recently, but the wheels of recovery are moving slowly,” Cullen said. “Instability will be something that Americans will have to live with, making career preparation even more vital in the decade ahead.
“One change we are seeing is that more and more Americans are pursuing careers in industries like healthcare, which offers more long-term stability.”
Top Careers For Stability
The following occupations will continue to see high demand through 2018, according to the
- Medical Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Legal and Accounting Administrative Assistant
Network Systems Administration
- Dental Assistant
By the Numbers: 2011 Work Stress Survey Fast Facts
- While 77% of Americans said at least one thing is stressful about their jobs, 21% said nothing stresses them out about their jobs. At the same time, married people are less stressed (24%) when compared with singles (14%).
- 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%. Only 6% of Midwesterners ranked low pay as the most stressful aspect of their job, compared with approximately 16% of those who live in the Northeast, South and West.
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