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More than one in four has stress in their work – News Knowledge: Medicine & Psychology



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Work-related stress has a negative influence on the motivation of working people, can affect health and can even lead to illness in the chronic case. This has already been demonstrated by various studies. Since 2014, the Swiss Foundation for Health Promotion has regularly measured key figures on work-related stress.

The latest overview of the job stress index has been developed in collaboration with the University of Bern and the University of Zurich. It shows that up-to-date 27.1 percent or more than a quarter of the Swiss are stressed at work. It was still two years ago 4 percent less.

For employees with stress, the relationship between resources and expenses is not correct. Resources are defined as positive preconditions in the workplace, such as support from supervisors or general added value in the team. Factors such as time pressure, too high demands or social problems are, however, experienced as a burden.

After all, slightly less than half (46.4 percent) the employee has a balanced relationship; however, an imbalance may occur at any time in this sensitive area. And the proportion of people with stress in the workplace is increasing. A consequence of this is that more and more employees feel emotionally exhausted. It is almost now 30 percent,

The differences between women and men are marginal. Education and age play a role in this. The research shows that people with a higher education (university or college) are generally less heavily taxed. The same applies to older employees (40-65 years old) who report more favorable working conditions, positive working positions and less emotional exhaustion.

"Stress not only causes personal suffering, but also high costs for companies."Thomas Mattig, director health promotion Switzerland

Younger employees are much more likely to have an unfavorable work stress index. According to the study, it is worth it for managers to counter this by creating favorable working conditions. Because productivity is reduced in stressed and exhausted employees.

Stress costs employers accordingly approximately 6.5 billion Francs per year. That is approximately 1 percent Gross domestic product from Switzerland. These productivity losses are caused by so-called presentism (reduced work performance due to health restrictions) and absenteeism (absenteeism).

The biggest health-related productivity loss is from 16 to 24 year olds. They do this in this age group 21 percent working hours. As the age rises, the share of productivity loss steadily decreases.

The Swiss Health Promotion Foundation comes to the conclusion that working conditions, stress and health disorders are clearly related. Although private stress would contribute to the stress. Unfavorable working conditions, however, were among the most important influencing factors and therefore need special attention in stress prevention.

Travail.Suisse: about 40 percent feels stressed

Travail.Suisse comes to a similar conclusion in a new study: stress is seen by Swiss workers as the greatest burden. Although employees once again give good figures for working conditions in Switzerland, there are negative trends when looking at things, such as work-life balance or stress.

According to the study "Barometer good work", published by the trade association Travail.Suisse on Friday, the motivation of employees is stable at a high level for at least four years. This is measured, for example, on the basis of questions about the employer's appreciation and support, the meaning of work for society or how strongly employees identify with the employer.

Problems with compatibility

There is, however, a negative trend in the combination of work and private life – albeit at a high level, as the employers' organization admits. According to Gabriel Fischer of Travail.Suisse, for the media in Bern, the proportion of those who had compatibility problems increased by three percentage points to 21.6 percent in four years.

The biggest stress remains the stress. According to the study, 40 percent of respondents feel stressed often or very often. For example, the stress is experienced as greater because of the greater pressure of the deadline.

Dissatisfied with the income

The perception of temporary tax also develops negatively. From the point of view of the respondents, the factors of overtime, accessibility, too long workdays and shorter breaks compared to 2015 thus increased. For example, some work more often when they are ill than four years ago.

What is worse is the income. From 2015 to 2018 the share of unsatisfied employees rose from 9.4 to 11.6 percent. "This is not surprising when the wage development of recent years is observed," said Travail.Suisse President Adrian Wüthrich, according to the speech.

Need more investment in employees

More than half of the employees, however, do not or hardly think that they would find a comparable job with a comparable income if they lost their jobs. Moreover, many experience no or only insufficient support from their employer. Travail.Suisse therefore calls for more investment in the labor force in the form of training and further training.

Employees estimated their influence on the organization of workloads and working hours less than four years ago. This continues the trend of the previous year. The share of those without any influence on their working hours has increased from 13.1 to 17.8 percent in the past four years. Conversely, the proportion of people with many opportunities dropped from 29 to 24.5 percent.

With material from the SDA.


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(Editors Tamedia)

Created: 12.10.2018, 10:47

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