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
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.
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).
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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.