Desk rage common in US


Section: Press Office

April 19, 2007


Desk rage occurs in 14 percent of all American workplaces, according to a new study of 506 American workers.

The study was released by Rachelle Canter, PhD, 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.

The study found that:

  • 14% of American workers report incidents they would characterise as "desk rage" occurring at their workplace
  • 22% report having been driven to tears as a result of workplace stress
  • 16% report that company property has been damaged as a result of workplace stress
  • 9% report that physical violence has occurred at their workplace due to stress
  • 10% report a fear that their workplace environs might not be safe.

Canter's study, the most recent on desk rage, is the result of a random telephone survey conducted among a US national probability sample of 506 employed adults 18 years and older living in private households in the continental US conducted during the period March 9-12, 2007. The survey was conducted with the assistance of Opinion Research Corp. of Princeton, New Jersey, which conducts similar surveys for news organizations such as CNN.

"According to the survey, the incidents of desk rage remain flat since 2000," says Canter, "with 14% of American workplaces reporting incidents of desk rage in 2007, compared with 13% reporting desk rage incidents in 2000."

Workplace shootings have taken place within the last few weeks in the US both in suburban Detroit and in Atlanta, Georgia.

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