Unpredictability vs. Business Travel: Find Out the Most Stressors at Work Here…

February 17, 20168:45 am676 views

Life is filled with stressors – from worrying you’re going to lose your job because the company lost a big account to having a sick child at home. Much of the pressure we feel occurs in the eight or so hours we spend at work and we asked our readers to sound off on their stress factors, according to CareerCast.

A new CareerCast job stress poll found “unpredictability” to be the biggest source of work stress and “business travel” to be the least likely source of stress on the job.

The online opinion poll had 834 respondents and is a new supplement to CareerCast’s annual Jobs Rated Most and Least Stressful Jobs report, which has been published annually since 2009.

Most of the respondents (62 percent) rated their jobs as highly stressful, while just 11 percent felt the amount of stress on the job was low.

The most common factors influencing job stress levels included: unpredictability (26 percent), workplace environment (21 percent), deadlines (20 percent) and safety of others (16 percent). Few people felt that length of work day/week (7 percent), personal well being in danger (5 percent), potential for promotion (3 percent) and travel (1 percent) were major job stressors.

A number of factors can contribute to job stress. For example, enlisted military, firefighters, and police officers — three of the most stressful careers on CareerCast’s 2016 Job Stress report — encounter multiple stressors. Not only are their jobs unpredictable, but they also face personal danger, are responsible for the safety of others, and have a perilous working environment.

Public relations executives and event coordinators, which were also among the top 10 most stressful professions of 2016, face a difficult workplace environment and considerable demands from their bosses and clients.

See: Managing Stress @ Work

The information gleaned in the poll is noteworthy, especially when broken out by industry. Forty percent of those in academia, 33 percent of those in engineering, and 30 percent of those in customer service rated unpredictability as their top stressor, while only 15 percent of those in transportation found unpredictability to be a job stress factor.

Not surprisingly, ensuring the safety of others was the biggest stressor for transportation (41 percent) and healthcare workers (50 percent).  Professional/business services workers rated deadlines the most stressful part of their job (31 percent).

Those in information technology said workplace environment was their biggest stressor (30 percent) and deadlines were the highest rated stress factor in the entertainment field (33 percent).

These results suggest professionals are often very stressed in their careers, or don’t consider their jobs stressful at all. The lack of middle ground is fascinating.

While some people thrive on unpredictability and deadlines, if you are looking low-stress professions you might consider becoming a hair stylist, medical records technician, jeweler and librarian, says CareerCast’s 2016 Job Stress report.

The CareerCast’s Job Stress poll was conducted online during January 2016 and sought to examine the opinions of workers on the major reasons for stress on the job. The poll tracked gender, age, employment status, and industry. It was an unscientific open access opinion poll in which 834 participants self-selected into participation.

Also read: How to Manage Employees Travelling on International Work Assignments?

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