Workplace stress takes its toll

Adrienne Cottell - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stress is having at least some impact on the physical health of 75 per cent of Australian workers and the mental health of 68 per cent of workers, according to a recent survey.

Conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), it also found that one in seven working Australians reported depressive symptoms in the severe to extremely severe range.

"Work-related stress is a problem that not only affects the health and wellbeing of employees, but also workplace productivity," said Lyn Littlefield, executive director of the APS.

"Stress can occur in a wide range of situations, but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues or little control over their work. Thus, it's a problem that demands a collective solution. It is vital for us to examine why workers are feeling this way."

The survey found that employees reported significantly lower job satisfaction and levels of interest in their job than in previous years, while only 46 per cent of working Australians reported receiving regular feedback and recognition for their work, which Littlefield said should be of concern to employers.


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