"Desk rage" takes a dive?

Publication: Arizona Republic

Section: The Workplace Blog

April 5, 2007

Erica Sagon & Chad Graham

Dunno if this tidbit is more of a PR effort for a new book, but a new study reveals "the percentage of workers reporting at least some level of workplace-induced stress has fallen by an unprecedented 15 percentage points from the year 2000 to the present."

The findings come from Rachelle Canter, president of San Francisco career advisory firm RJC Associates, Inc. and author of "Make the Right Career Move: 28 Critical Insights and Strategies to Land Your Dream Job."

Overall, men saw a 13 percentage point drop in stress while women have seen a 16 percentage point drop in workplace-related stress since 2000, according to the survey.

Overall, job-related stress continues to be more of a problem for white collar workers than blue collar workers, with 52% of white collar workers reporting workplace stress in 2007, compared to just 44% of blue collar workers reporting such stress.

Canter cites five possible reasons for the fall in workplace stress:

  1. More companies have family friendly policies
  2. A strong job market increases job security and job mobility--as well as employee well-being
  3. Technology has become our friend instead of our enemy.
  4. Stress caused by depression or other medical illnesses is more often cured or controlled.

Copyright 2007 Arizona Republic
All Rights Reserved.