Workplace Stress on the Rise With 83% of Americans Frazzled by Something at
Everest College's Third Annual Survey Finds More Work and Less Pay Rank as Top
Contributors to Job Stress; Overall Worker Angst Jumps Significantly From 2012
LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate may
be falling, but stress levels continue to rise among workers as more than
eight in 10 employed Americans said they are stressed out on the job amid
heavier workloads and low pay, according to data released today in the 2013
Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest
The telephone survey of 1,019 employed adults found that 83% of Americans are
stressed by at least one thing at work, a sharp increase of 10 percentage
points when compared with 2012 (73%). The survey was conducted to coincide
with April's Stress Awareness Month, when health care professionals across the
country join forces to increase public awareness about the causes and cures
for the modern stress epidemic.
For the third consecutive year, paltry paychecks were a top stressor with 14%
of adults ranking low wages as the most stressful aspect of work. Low pay
shared the top spot with unreasonable workload, jumping to 14% from 9% in
2012. Annoying coworkers and commuting tied at 11%, followed by working in a
job that is not a chosen career (8%), poor work-life balance (7%), lack of
opportunity for advancement (6%) and fear of being fired or laid off (4%).
"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. "Americans have plenty of reasons to be
optimistic, but anxiety among employees is rooted into our working lives, and
it is important to understand new and better ways of coping with the pressure.
One such way is going back to school to receive the necessary education to
find a new career that will make you happier and, hopefully, less stressed."
Gender Wage Gap Plays Role in Stress Levels
The wage gap between men and women and how it relates to stress is evident in
the survey results. Women are more likely to say that low pay is the most
stressful aspect of their job, nearly twice the rate of men (18% to 10%). Men,
meanwhile, listed unreasonable workload as the top stressor (14%), followed by
annoying coworkers (12%).
Eighteen percent of the survey participants with a high school diploma or less
ranked low pay as the top stressor, followed by annoying coworkers (14%).
College graduates ranked unreasonable workload No. 1 (17%), followed by their
Not surprisingly, income plays a significant role in determining the top
workplace stressors. Those whose household income is less than $35,000 are
more likely than those in the top income groups to say that their top
stressors are low pay (26%), that their job is not in their chosen field
(11%), and there are no opportunities for advancement (10%). The highest
earners, however (those with a household income of $100,000 or more), are more
likely than the lowest earners to cite unreasonable workload (16%) and their
commute to and from work (16%) as their top workplace stressors. Higher wage
earners are also twice as likely as those in the lowest income bracket to say
that nothing about their job stresses them out (18% vs. 9%).
"In many ways, the workplace is much different than it was a decade ago and a
growing number of Americans are not just sitting back. They're stepping up and
taking charge of their careers," Swartz said. "There are many reasons for
feeling stressed at work, but those who feel like they've been able to have
control over their careers and work in a field they're truly passionate about,
end up being more satisfied and productive.
"Having job security is very important, which is why so many Americans are
turning to growth industries like health care. At Everest College, we're
delivering practical, career-oriented curriculum in high-demand fields and
addressing career and technical education that is not adequately addressed by
traditional institutions and federal job-training programs."
Top Careers for Stability
Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social
assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth
between 2010 and 2020, according to a 2012 report from the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics. The 20 industries with the largest projected wage and salary
employment growth between 2010 and 2020 include:
*Offices of health practitioners
*Home health-care services
*Nursing and residential care facilities
*Computer system design and related services
By the Numbers: 2013 Work Stress Survey Fast Facts
*While 83% of Americans said at least one thing is stressful about their
jobs, 17% said nothing stresses them out about their jobs.
*American workers 65 and older are more likely than any other age group to
say there is nothing about their job that stresses them out (38%).
*Regionally, workers who live in the Northeast are more likely than those
who live in the Midwest to say they are most stressed by their job not
being a chosen career. (11% and 4%, respectively.)
About the Survey
Everest College's 2013 Work Stress Survey was conducted by telephone within
the United States by Harris Interactive between Feb. 21 and March 3, 2013
among 1,019 employed U.S. adults ages 18+. Results were weighted for age, sex,
geographic region, and race when necessary to align them with their actual
proportions in the population.
About Everest College
Everest College is part of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest
post-secondary education companies in North America. Its mission is to prepare
students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. It
offers diploma programs and associate and bachelor's degrees in a variety of
occupational areas, including health care, criminal justice, business,
information technology and construction trades. Programs vary by campus. For
more information, please visit www.everest.edu. For more information about our
graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and
other important information, please visit our website at
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms,
leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant
insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for
pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a
wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs,
energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail,
restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries
and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a
network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering
research solutions that help us – and our clients – stay ahead of what's next.
For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest
College, is available for interviews to discuss the survey. To schedule an
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