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Half the workforce is stressed out

Work is a source of stress for almost half of Australian workers, says a new Australian Psychological Society (APS) online survey.

The APS conducted the survey of 1548 people over two-and-a-half weeks from 18 July to 5 August 2013.

From this it identified a sub-sample of 999 Australian workers. Some 61 per cent were employed full-time, 30 per cent part-time and 9 per cent were employed under other arrangements.

The APS compared the results of this year’s survey with surveys it had conducted in 2011 and 2012.

Similar to previous years, in 2013 almost half of the respondents (47 per cent) rated work as a source of stress.

The survey also found that as workers got older concern about work as a source of stress decreased except for those aged between 46 and 52.

These workers “reported the same levels of concern about workplace as a source of stress (52 per cent) as the youngest group of working Australians (18- to 25-year-olds reporting 53 per cent)”, according to the survey.

Among other results, less than half of Australian workers said they “regularly received relevant feedback and recognition for their work”.

However, half said “their employer valued their contribution and cared about their wellbeing”.

For more details, see the APS for the full report.

Published on 21 November 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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