Job Stress: A Survey Indicates that Over One Third of US Employees Change Jobs Because of Stress

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Job Stress – Over One Third of US Employees Change Jobs Because of Stress

In a recent Forbes magazine article Kathryn Dill discusses the results from two recent surveys related to job stress, indicating that about one third of US employees change jobs because of psychological stress.

The first survey was conducted by the employment search site,, with over 7000 US workers. As per another separate survey of more than 900 workers, the major reason of workplace stress is the employee’s relationship with their manager.

According to Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert at Monster “People feel stressed out because there’s that continuing pressure to do more with less. Workers feel pressure to get more accomplished”.

The study does not differentiate between different types of workplace stressors, for example, an accountant’s increased workload during tax season versus an overbearing supervisor, focusing instead on the results of stress as observed by employees.

Below is shown a brief summary of the major surveys’ results:

– 42% of employees have purposely changed jobs due to stress, and to run away from stressful work environment.

– An employee’s relationship with their boss is the most common cause of workplace stress, followed closely by workload.

– 61% think that workplace stress has caused them actual physical illness, and this may include insomnia, depression, and family issues.

– 7% percent of employees hospitalized believe work-related stress was responsible.

– A quarter of those surveyed report drinking as a way to cope with stress.

Interestingly, according to Kathryn Dill’s articles when people involved in these surveys were asked “What does your office do to help alleviate stress in the workplace?” 13% noted additional time off and 11% cited the opportunity to work from home, but the majority, 66%, answered “nothing.”

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