Workplace Stress Facts
The World Health Organization calls job stress:
- A "worldwide epidemic"
- America's #1 health problem
What is work-related stress?
- Work-related stress is the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and that challenge their ability to cope.
- Stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances, but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues as well as little control over work processes.
- There is often confusion between pressure or challenge and stress and sometimes it is used to excuse bad management practice.
Stress costs an estimated $200 billion annually.
Stress is now the most common cause of absence due to long-term sickness according to 2011 research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Research suggests that one in six people of working age have a mental health problem such as stress, anxiety or depression.
Additional Educational Resources and Information on Stress Management
Understanding Stress (PDF)
Tools for Healthy Living