Survey: One-third of U.S. workers experience chronic work stress

The corporate world has a stigma of bringing stress to those in it, but a recent survey showed that being overwhelmed is such a constant factor to working individuals that it is negatively affecting their work-life balance.

According to a report by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Center for Organizational Excellence, just 36 percent of employees said their organizations provide sufficient resources to help them manage stress, while 35 percent admitted to feeling stressed on a regular workday. It is more than just an HR issue, said Dr. Norman Anderson, chief executive officer of the APA.

The report also showed that respondents felt underappreciated and undervalued in their companies. Of the online survey of 1,501 working adults, just 47 percent said their employers regularly seek input from employees and even fewer (37 percent) said the organization makes changes based on that feedback.

David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, said in the press release that it is important for employers to realize that their teams have lives outside of work. That way, it can be much easier to create steps that promote a proper work-life balance.

“Forward-thinking organizations are re-evaluating work practices, providing employees with resources that support well-being and performance and applying new technologies that help shift work from somewhere we go from 9-to-5 to something we do that is meaningful and creates value,” he said.

It might not be possible to ever fully eliminate stress from the office, but when companies invest in HR software solutions it can help employees take control of checking on their paystubs and financial planning options. Additionally, with workforce management software, businesses will have an easier time tracking which daily operations are successful, and make adjustments to keep employees happy and an organization profitable.

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