Stress worse than 10 years ago

IT’S official. Workplace stress is worse than it was ten years ago.

A new survey of 1,000 people by Recruiters Australia Limited found 88 per cent of people agree or strongly agree that workplace stress is worsening.

Approximately 78 per cent of respondents also agreed or strongly agreed that the culture of today’s modern organisation promotes excessive working hours.

Recruiters Australia managing director Warren Reynolds said, with each advancement in technology, the bar was raised in terms of what was expected of employees.

“Overall, our research indicates that increased stress, longer hours and the reluctance of employers to facilitate a balanced lifestyle is having an enormous impact on employees,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Flatter organisational structures and increased global competition are two possible explanations for this dramatic shift in workplace stress.”

Not surprisingly, those in the under thirty and thirty-one to forty age groups, who are most likely to be juggling family and work responsibilities, are least likely to agree their employers are supportive of employees achieving a balance between work and non-work commitments.

Individuals working in the manufacturing sector or in a sales and marketing role were most likely to feel their employers did not support a balance.

“I suspect individuals who have been in the workforce for longer may be more conscious that employers’ demands have increased over time, perhaps as a result of the extensive rationalisation corporate Australia has undergone in the past decade,” Mr Reynolds said.

“There is a more competitive atmosphere in the workplace today and it would appear younger staff may be better able to deal with this.

“In the case of larger organisations it can be difficult for individuals to make a mark and a workhorse culture may result from employees competing with each other for management recognition,” he said.

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