Just How Bad Is Work-Related Chronic Stress In the USA?
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APA Survey Finds U.S. Employers Unresponsive to Employee Needs
Women Feel Less Valued, Have Fewer Opportunities at Work
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than 33% of American workers experience chronic work stress, with low salaries, lack of opportunity for advancement and heavy workloads topping the list of contributing factors, according to a new national survey by the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence.
On the heels of the recession, many employees appear to feel stuck, with only 39% citing sufficient opportunities for internal career advancement with 51% saying they feel valued at work.
Stress Management Resources Lacking
In fact, only 59% reported having adequate employer-provided health insurance.
Just 42% of employees said their
With 65% of U.S. adults citing work as a significant source of stress in APA’s most recent Stress in America survey and 35% of working Americans reporting that they typically feel stressed during the workday, employers need to provide resources to help their employees face work-related challenges.
“This isn’t just an HR or management issue,” said Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association.
“The well-being of an organization’s workforce is a strategic business imperative that is linked to its performance and success.”
Women Still Face Disparities at Work
Less than half of employed women (43%) said they receive adequate monetary compensation for their work, compared to 48% of employed men.
Further, fewer employed women than men reported that their employer
Though employed women were more likely than men to report having good mental health (86% vs. 76%), more women said they typically feeling tense or stressed out at work (37% vs. 33%).
Work-Life Fit and Flexibility Lagging
Only 37% of women reported regularly using employee benefits designed to help them meet demands outside the office,
Overall, one third of working Americans (33%) said that work interfering during personal or family time has a significant impact on their level of work stress and one in four reported that job demands interfere with their ability to fulfill family or home responsibilities.
“When employers acknowledge that employees have responsibilities and lives outside of work, they can take steps to promote a good work-life fit and help individuals better manage these multiple demands,” said David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.
“Forward-thinking organizations are reevaluating work practices, providing employees with resources that support well-being and performance and applying new technologies that help shift work from somewhere we go from 9 to 5 to something we do that is meaningful and creates value.”
APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence and Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards
To showcase employers who value employee well-being and understand its link to organizational performance, the American Psychological Association will present its 8th annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards in Washington, DC, on Saturday, 9-March-2013.
For full details visit the APA Center for Organizational Excellence website.
The Center also offers the following resources for employers…
Good Company newsletter, blog and podcast, featuring tips, tools and other resources to help employers create a healthy, high-performing work environment
A searchable database of professional, academic and popular press literature related to employee well-being and organizational performance
Webcasts and online courses for human resource professionals, benefits managers, health and wellness professionals, organizational consultants and business leaders
A calendar of events with information about conferences from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, human resources, health promotion and employee benefits
About the Survey
A full methodology and more information about the 2013 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners and Best Practices Honorees are available online at http://www.apaexcellence.org/media.
What Are Your Thoughts??
✔ Though many work places are beginning to recognize the benefits of reducing chronic stress in teh workplace, it is hardly at the top of the scale when it comes to priorities. Do you beleive this shold be the #1 issue to be resolved? Or perhaps some stress at work is a good motivator?
✔ Many things get affected by work-related chrinic stress, and it doesn’t stop at the work desk. Some have even started their own groups, independent of work. If you are part of such a group, how is this benefiting hte employes the employers? Are the employers supportive?
✔ With the changes coming in reduced workforce, unhealthy economy, and shortage of skiled workers, the chronic stress may be part of the landscape for quite a while. What are your suggetions for stemming this tide?
Please share your thoughts with our audience in the comments section below!
About The American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association, located in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
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