Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. Increased levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. In New York, Los Angels and other municipalities, the relationship between job stress and heart attacks is so well acknowledged, that any police officer who suffers a coronary event on or off the job is assumed to have a work related injury and is compensated accordingly (including heart attack sustained while fishing on vacation or gambling in Las Vegas).
Highlighted Statistics of the report:
Nearly 1/2 of workers say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% said their coworkers need such help
26% of workers said they were “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work.” Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems
3/4 of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago