Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On Stress

I have a paper to do on stress for my last LASA in Physiological Psychology. I found this article in the Argosy Online Library. It was written this year, 2013.

April 10--Low pay is the biggest stress for workers in the South and nationwide, in an annual study of work-related stress released Tuesday by Harris College on behalf of Everest College.
The other top stressors for workers who responded to the survey from Southern states including Florida are an unreasonable workload and, to a lesser degree, commuting to and from work, annoying co-workers and being in a job that is not their chosen field.
More than eight in 10 employed Americans said they are stressed out on the job amid heavier workloads and low pay, according to the study.
The telephone survey of 1,019 employed adults found that 83 percent of Americans are stressed by at least one thing at work, a sharp increase of 10 percentage points when compared with 2012.
Paltry paychecks were a top stressor with 14 percent of adults ranking low wages as the most stressful aspect of work. Low pay shared the top spot with unreasonable workload, jumping to 14 percent from 9 percent in 2012.
Annoying coworkers and commuting tied at 11 percent, followed by working in a job that is not a chosen career (8 percent), poor work-life balance (7 percent), lack of opportunity for advancement (6 percent) and fear of being fired or laid off (4 percent).
"More companies are hiring, but workers are still weary and stressed out from years of a troubled economy that has brought about longer hours, layoffs and budget cuts, said survey spokesman John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College.
Credit: Sun Sentinel
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