Studies About Work-related Stress Show Mixed Outcomes over the Years

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Studies About Work-related Stress Show Mixed Outcomes over the Years

When the pandemic started, most employees were forced to work remotely. Despite having the possibility of a flexible working schedule, the multiple responsibilities and work overload stressed employees even without commuting to work. The main factors that contributed to work-related stress included heavy workload, disturbed work-life balance, and worries about job security.

Employee health and wellness programs were highly valued in 2021. The common modules in these programs include –

  • Personalized health and disease management
  • Onsite health centers
  • Better sleep programs
  • Virtual and digital health solutions

Statista put together the outcomes of different studies about work-related stress and its impact on employee health and wellbeing. Here is a brief of the different results gathered from 2019 until 2021.

Most and Least Stressful Jobs

The study stats put together the top 10 most and least stressful jobs in the United States in 2019. With a score of 72.58, the enlisted military personnel was considered the most stressful job. On the other hand, the job of a diagnostic medical sonographer was considered the least stressful, with a total score of 5.07.

Anxiety Due to Life Aspects

An APA survey was conducted on 1,000 respondents of the United States in September 2020 and March – April 2021, from the age group of 18 years and older. The study identified the percentage of US adults who felt anxious regarding different aspects of life in the 2020 and 2021 study periods. The different anxiety factors adding to stress included –

  • Keeping themselves or family safe – 80% in 2020 and 64% in 2021
  • Personal Health – 73% in 2020 and 61% in 2021
  • Expenses and Paying Bills – 67% in 2020 and 55% in 2021
  • Personal and Work Relationships – 59% in 2020 and 47% in 2021
  • COVID-19 – 75% in 2020 and 65% in 2021

Factors Adding to Work-Related Stress

A 2021 survey by Joblist was conducted with 1,016 respondents in the United States to identify the different work-related stress among U.S. employees. Almost half of the survey respondents revealed that heavy workload was the main reason for their work-related stress. This was followed by – 

  • Job security – 40.5%
  • News events – 36.1%
  • Disturbed Work-Life Balance – 35.7%
  • Company Profits – 26.3%

Overall Stress Levels

Alight Solutions conducted a study from 2016 to 2020 with 2,500 respondents in the United States of 23 – 65 years to understand stress levels. A majority (58%) of the respondents reported moderate stress levels in 2020. The high and low-stress levels were relatively lower in 2020 compared to previous years.

Another study published by Statista was conducted in June 2020 with 2,038 US respondents who were 23 years of age and above to understand the impact of remote working on their stress levels. Almost 51.4% said that working from home during the pandemic, especially telecommunications, has stressed them a lot. On the other hand, 27% of the respondents said that remote working did not impact their stress levels.

Work Burnout Causing Stress

Indeed US surveyed 1,500 respondents who were 18 years and older in January 2020 and February 2021 to study burnout impacting stress. February 2021 reported high burnout in all employees, irrespective of their working generation. While Millennials reported high burnout levels (53%) causing work-related stress in 2020, the lowest was 24% of Baby Boomers.

Since decades, it was evident that stress impacts health and wellbeing, affecting employee productivity and overall business. The recent pandemic has shifted the focus on employee mental health, and many employers are implementing the right strategies to reduce work-related stress. Be it through employee wellness programs, health coaching, or virtual healthcare solutions – employers must bring home the right modules to ensure employee health and wellbeing, reflecting better engagement, productivity, and growth.