According to the latest 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) survey over one-third of American workers experience chronic work stress.
A recent APA’s Stress in America survey also indicated that nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults believe work is a significant source of stress and 35% of them typically feel stressed during the workday.
According to Norman B. Anderson, PhD, 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.”
The top five work stress factors as per the 2013 APA’s survey included:
– Low salaries.
– Lack of opportunity for growth or advancement.
– A heavy workload.
– Long hours.
– Uncertain or undefined job expectations.
Importantly, the survey also reports that “only 59 percent reported having adequate employer-provided health insurance; just 42 percent of employees said their organizations promote and support a healthy lifestyle; only 36 percent reported regularly participating in workplace health and wellness programs”.
In addition, only half of American workers believe their employers value work-life balance. Also only one-third report that their employers provide options for flexible work or providing benefits that help them more easily meet their non-work demands.
Despite growing awareness of the importance of a healthy workplace, few employees said their organizations provide sufficient resources to help them manage stress.
The American Psychological Association (APA), Washington, D.C., is the largest US and world’s association of psychologists. The Stress in the Workplace survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the APA, in January 2011, 2012 and 2013.