Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ground down down under

A huge Australian study of more than 60,500 people looked into the incidence and risk factors for workplace stress. The study found that nearly 5% of employees had high levels of psychological distress associated with a high likelihood of a mental disorder. With another 9.6% of people suffering from moderate psychological distress. Only 22% of the highly-stressed workers were currently receiving treatment, 29% admitted to having a problem but had not sought treatment while 31% denied having a problem. People who worked in sales and/or who were expected to work for more than 60 hours a week had the highest levels of stress. Working in non-traditional gender roles (i.e. women working as labourers and men working as secretaries) was also associated with more workplace stress as were marital separation and low levels of education.

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