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May 1, 2007
Lori Grant - smartlemming.com
Here's a study of interest for knowledge workers, middle managers, and C-levels. Desk rage is up, but overall stress is down since 2000. The percentage of American 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. Rachelle (Shelley) 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, released her findings from a work study of 506 American workers. Below are the findings from her survey on desk rage:
Rachelle (Shelley) 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, released her findings from a work study of 506 American workers. Below are the findings from her survey on desk rage:
Overall Stress is Down
Leading this 23% overall plunge in workplace stress was a significant fall in the percentage of working parents reporting at least some level of job-related stress, which dropped an astounding 20 percentage points from 2000 - with only 46% of working parents reporting workplace stress today, down from 66% reporting that stress in 2000. Workers without children in the household reported only a 10 point drop in stress levels, according to the study.
According to the press release, Canter's study is the most recent on desk rage; it's "the result of a random telephone survey conducted among a national probability sample of 506 employed adults 18 years and older living in private households in the continental U.S. conducted during the period March 9-12, 2007. The survey was conducted with the assistance of Opinion Research Corp. of Princeton, NJ, which conducts similar surveys for news organizations such as CNN."
Five Possible Reasons Workplace Stress is Down
Canter cites five possible reasons for the fall in workplace stress since 2000:
Verbal Abuse in the Workplace
While overall stress is down, "the incidents of desk rage remain flat since 2000; with 14% of American workplaces reporting incidents of desk rage in 2007, compared with 13% reporting desk rage incidents in 2000." says Canter. "The biggest change in the workplace, according to this study, was in the percentage of workers reporting verbal abuse in their workplace. According to the survey, verbal abuse has fallen in the workplace by 45% since the year 2000. That's a dramatic fall." she adds.
Now that's some serious stress. I've never been so stressed at work where I was raging. Ranting, maybe. But raging? Wow. That goes beyond having a Dumb Lemming moment. Here's a Smart Lemming tip: Don't make your coworkers physically fear you.
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