With 65 percent of U.S. employees citing work as a significant source of stress and more than one-third reporting chronic work stress, workplace stress can affect both individual well-being and organizational performance. In addition to affecting employee health, chronic stress can have serious repercussions for employers. In all, the American Institute of Stress estimates that job stress costs U.S. industry more than $300 billion a year in absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal and insurance costs.
Check out this short video, where we hit the streets to hear more about people’s experiences at work and how they cope with the stressors they face on the job. Then, scroll down for a collection of work stress resources, including articles and research abstracts, book recommendations, useful statistics and links to other high-quality sources of information.
Articles and Research Abstracts
Search our database of professional, academic and popular press literature for articles about work stress.
Books on Work Stress
Suggested Readings: Work Stress – New releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can use to promote employee well-being and organizational performance. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Center for Organizational Excellence’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. In this issue, we focus on workplace stress, with volumes that explore causes, risk factors and tips for preventing job burnout.
Webcasts and Online Courses
Improving the Person or the Environment? Taking a Systematic Approach to Stress in the Workplace ($) – This program provides a brief background on the implications of stress for an organization’s productivity and bottom-line performance. It covers techniques available for assessing the importance of particular stressors, different categories of stressors (such as environmental, job characteristics, and psychosocial), key professionals who are likely in the best position to influence different types of stressors (e.g., managers, human resource professionals) and various stress interventions and how those interventions influence specific types of stressors.
Work, Stress and Health Conference – Convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology
Articles from the American Psychological Association
Road rage, air rage and now ‘desk rage’ – Work stress is leading more people to engage in counterproductive workplace behaviors.