You probably don’t realize this because it’s part of the "new normal" but the stress level in our country has been on an upswing since 9-11? The 2008 economic restructuring, shall we say, was another big hit to our national psyche, one that still reverberates. Friends and clients of Mixonian have mentioned the effects of budget cuts (public and private,) more job cuts and bad news in the media. In 2011 research from the American Psychological Association shows 36% of all employees feel "stressed out" at work and 20% of all employees surveyed rate their stress levels at work as "high."
Factors (according to the survey) feeding the higher stress level at work include:
- Low salaries.
- Lack of possible advancement at work (cited by 43%.)