Change and Politics Cause High Stress at Work, Survey Finds
A new survey of workplace stress reveals those who experienced changes in the workplace are more likely to be dealing with chronic work stress.
The survey from The American Psychological Association finds workers experiencing recent change are more than twice as likely to report chronic work stress.
"There is a lot of uncertainty right now in the workplace and all across the country," Dr. David Ballard said. "It is certainly a time of change."
Half of American workers in the Association's survey said that they have been affected by organizational changes in the past year. They are currently being affected by them, or they expect to be affected by change in the next 12 months.
"And for those who have recently or are currently experiencing change, they were more likely to report chronic work stress. They were more likely to say that they experienced physical health symptoms while they were at work. They were more likely to experience work/life conflicts."
About 55 percent of workers in the survey report that their employer collects feedback from them. They also say that they do not feel that a lot of that feedback brings about change.
"While about 7 in 10 workers say that their organization regularly communicates with them, when it comes to actually getting input from workers, and then using that input to make changes, it drops off noticeably," Ballard says.
Some of the workplace stress is not work-related: 4 in 10 in the survey reported at least one negative experience at work because of talk about politics.
"Their work quality is suffering, they are having difficulty getting their work done. In some cases, they have a more negative view of their co-workers because of conversations that they have had."