Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Greater involvement leads to greater workplace stress

Workers who feel themselves to be more central to, or involved in, their organisation are more likely to suffer from workplace stress. Researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto surveyed 2,737 people, 18% of whom said that their job was highly stressful. The odds of having high stress were greater if workers were managers or professionals, if they thought their poor performance could have a detrimental effect on other people or if they worked long or variable hours. Workers who felt that poor job performance could result in physical injury, damage to their company's equipment or reputation or a fincancial loss were twice as likely to report high stress. Having a large commute or entertaining or travelling for work also increased the risk of stress. Those who were men, who were single and under 25 and who worked in a small business were more likely to be less stressed.

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