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Stress and Wellbeing – Jan 2012

Stress and Wellbeing – Jan 2012

In 2011, as part of National Psychology Week, the Australian Psychological Society conducted a survey examining the stress and wellbeing of Australians to provide insight into the psychological health of the Australian population.

While stress is a part of everyday life, research to date has indicated that excessive amounts of stress have been linked to impaired functioning across a range of areas including home, work life and relationships and can impact on physical and psychological health.

Work-related Stress

Not unexpectedly, a considerable number of people (30%) identified issues in the workplace as being a contributor to their stress levels.

Men were more likely to report workplace issues as contributing to their stress (34%) than were women (28%) and these figures are relatively consistent with international research on the workplace as a contributor to stress. Considerable age differences in reports of workplace stress were found, with a gradual reduction in identifying work issues as contributing to stress with increased age.

Nevertheless, for some people aspects of the workplace contributed to positive health and wellbeing, with lower scores on stress, distress, anxiety and depression. These people reported that their job was interesting, they were paid appropriately, felt valued by their employer and were satisfied with their work/life balance. These findings are in line with research looking at work practices, which indicates that the workplace can be a source of wellbeing, providing a means for individual satisfaction and accomplishment (Blustein, 2008).

Read the full report here:http://www.psychology.org.au/Content.aspx?ID=4096

Excessive stress in the workplace can cause a myriad of problems for people, and will have a negative effect on the bottom line of a business. Having an online Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) monitoring program such as Work Safety Interactive provides a mechanism for detecting and dealing with excessive workplace stress.