Workplace Stress, By the Numbers

Workplace Stress, By the Numbers

Canadians are more stressed than ever. According to Stats Canada, 21% of the population over the age of 12 experiences high to extreme levels of stress on a regular basis, a figure that jumps to 29.4% between the ages of 35 and 49.

Of course, that age breakdown shouldn’t be all that surprising. People in the 35-49 age range are usually in the prime of their careers, and much of their stress can be directly attributed to their employment. Canadian workers were significantly more stressed than the population at large, with 27% feeling high to extreme levels of stress – and an additional 46% feeling “a bit” of stress – every single day.

The cause of those issues is similarly telling. A whopping 62% indicated that work was their biggest source of stress, making it far more culpable than commonly perceived stressors like finances (12%) and family (8%).

Unfortunately, many employers don’t seem to be aware of that stress or the damage it’s doing to their employees. A 2017 Accountemps survey found that a mere 21% of CFOs knew that their staff was stressed, and only 23% recognized that anxiety had increased in the workforce even though office stress levels had gone up over the previous five years.

The numbers are startling considering the majority of office employees (58%) felt regular stress on the job, with many placing the blame squarely on heavy workloads and unreasonable expectations. It suggests that managers are out of touch with the day-to-day struggles of their reports.

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