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Feeling Stressed at Work? This Study Confirms You’re Not Alone
Is your job stressing you out? If so, you’re not alone.
Over half of people in the workforce today suffer from work stress — and the majority of bosses know it, according to a new Accountemps survey.
You don’t have to have one of the 10 most stressful jobs in the nation to experience on-the-job pressure. A full 52% of workers in a variety of professions across the country say they’re stressed at work on a daily basis.
Workers cite heavy workloads and deadlines most, followed by trouble achieving work-life balance and managers with unrealistic expectations. Co-worker conflicts are a factor, as well.
New workplace trends like disappearing benefits and the pressure to always stay connected undoubtedly also have a lot to do with it.
More men than women report being stressed at work, but the age group most affected by stress? That’d be 18-34 year olds.
Of all workers surveyed, 60% say their work-related stress has increased in the last five years. Only a paltry 4% say they’re less stressed now than they were five years ago.
Yikes. These numbers are stressing me out.
Cities With the Most Work-Related Stress
How much you identify with these numbers may have something to do with where you live.
Accountemps reports the states with the most stressed workers are:
1. Salt Lake City
2. Des Moines and Boston (tied)
4. New York
No matter where you live, approaches to relieving stress are pretty universal. Workers say they turn to hobbies, exercise, music and socializing with friends to deal with work pressure and tension
Don’t Suffer From Work Stress in Silence
The survey revealed 42% of managers know they have a stressed-out staff. If you’re feeling the pressure at work, talk to your boss.
“Workers shouldn't suffer in silence,” says Accountemps district president Bill Driscoll. “They can tap internal resources for help or seek advice from their managers to ensure they meet work expectations, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.”
Driscoll’s advice is sound and worth taking. Like any other source of stress in your life, workplace pressure can take a toll on you — mentally and physically.
Bosses aren’t psychics, so they can’t help you if they don’t know there’s a problem. So, let them know.
Your turn: How do you deal with workplace stress?
Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She once had a job that made her cry every single day so if you’re stressed out at work, she feels your pain.