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Stressful jobs - by the numbers

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By Nancy Kennedy

FACTS ABOUT STRESS

Stress by the numbers, according to a survey from the American Institute of Stress:

+ 40 percent of workers report their job is very or extremely stressful.

+ 25 percent view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.

+ Three-fourths of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago.

+ 29 percent of workers say they feel quite a bit or extremely stressed at work.

+ 26 percent of workers say they are “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work.”

+ Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.

+ 80 percent of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42 percent say their coworkers need such help.

+ 14 percent of respondents admitted they had felt like striking a coworker in the past year, but didn’t.

+ 25 percent have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress, 10 percent are concerned about an individual at work they fear could become violent.

+ 9 percent say they are aware of an assault or violent act in their workplace and 18 percent had experienced some sort of threat or verbal intimidation in the past year.

+ Job stress carries a price tag for U.S. industry estimated at more than $300 billion annually as a result of: accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal and insurance costs, workers’ compensation awards as well as tort and Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) judgments.