A Third of Workers Report Work Stress

March 8, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Many employees feel undervalued and stressed out at work and many are dissatisfied with aspects of their job, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Conducted online on behalf of the APA by Harris Interactive between January 31 and February 8, 2011, the survey found that 36% of workers reported experiencing work stress regularly and almost half (49%) said low salary has a significant impact on their stress level at work.   

However, a press release said money isn’t the only thing on workers’ minds. Employees also cited lack of opportunities for growth and advancement (43%), heavy workload (43%), unrealistic job expectations (40%) and long hours (39%) as significant sources of stress. Additionally, less than half of employees (43%) said they receive adequate non-monetary rewards and recognition for their contributions at work.  

Almost a third (32%) indicated they intend to seek employment elsewhere within the next year.   

On the other hand, 57% of respondents reported being satisfied with their employer’s work-life practices; 52% said they feel valued on the job, and two-thirds reported being motivated to do their best at work.  

The American Psychological Association will recognize eight organizations at its sixth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 12. More information is at http://www.phwa.org/media.