Stress and the American Worker

  • workforce insights
  • March 23, 2017
Stressed out workers are becoming a growing trend. 

According to Randstad's engagement research, U.S. employees cited stress as a top reason to quit their jobs. The study found the negative effects of workplace stress vary by gender and, to a lesser extent, age.

For example, 27 percent of women (compared to 22% of men) cite a high stress level as a top reason to leave their current jobs. 

Within generational groups, one quarter (25%) of Gen Y/Millennial employees say stress is a likely reason they would leave their current organizations, similar to Generation X and Baby Boomers, both at 24 percent.

Willis Towers Watson research uncovered an interesting, but troubling, disconnect between employers and employees. While workers cite low pay among their top two stressors, employers believed it ranked 11 on a 12-item list. Similarly, employees ranked company culture third among stressors, and employers placed it dead last.

Managing Workplace Stress
Jim Link, Chief HR Officer at Randstad North America, said that stress management is key to maintaining a productive workforce.

“It’s crucial for managers to understand there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing the problem of stress in the workplace, and some employees are more susceptible to stress than others,” Link said.  “The good news about workplace stress is that it can be managed, especially when employers provide support – and that starts with being well-connected to your workers. Companies can impact employee stress by communicating regularly with workers to identify their concerns and establishing wellness programs that make healthy stress management a top priority across the organization.”

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