Workers are increasingly stressed out, new survey finds

Updated: 2013-04-10T04:59:16Z


The Kansas City Star

More than eight in 10 employed adults say they are stressed by something at work.

The most likely culprits? Unreasonable workloads and paltry paychecks.

According to the 2013 Work Stress Survey by Harris Interactive, 10 percent more workers reported being stressed than in the 2012 survey.

The survey of 1,019 workers, conducted for Everest College, found that low pay was the biggest stressor for 14 percent of the respondents. It was the third year in a row that low pay led the list.

This year, though, low pay shared the top spot with unreasonable workloads, which jumped to 14 percent from 9 percent in 2012.

Other stress agents, in descending order, were: annoying coworkers; commuting; working in a job that wasn’t a chosen career; poor work/life balance; lack of opportunity for advancement; and fear of being fired or laid off.

“Workers are still weary and stressed out from years of a troubled economy that has brought about longer hours, layoffs and budget cuts,” said John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College.

Women in the survey were more than twice as likely as men to cite low pay as the cause of stress. Men were more likely to list unreasonable workloads and annoying co-workers.

Workers with the least education were most likely to complain about low pay, while workers with higher education were more likely to complain about unreasonable workloads.

Looking for a silver lining in the survey? Seventeen percent of respondents said nothing stressed them out about their jobs.

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