The Top 5 Stressors at Work

Anna Williams
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work stressFeeling the pressure at work lately? So are most other Americans.

In fact, eight out of 10 workers are currently stressed out by at least one thing at the office, a new survey by Nielsen and Everest College found. That’s little changed from the 83% of workers who admitted to being frazzled on the job last year.

“I think a lot of it has to do with what’s happening in the workforce today: People in the U.S. think we’re still in a recession,” Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College, told NBC News. In other words, employees might still fear that their jobs are on the line, or might be dealing with increased workloads after corporate budgets were slashed during the downturn.

But it was low pay and lengthly commutes that claimed the top spots for sources of stress in the survey this year, with 13% of respondents putting the blame on these factors. Filling out the rest of the top five: Unreasonable workloads, at 12%; annoying co-workers, 10%; and poor work-life balance at 8%.

The good news? Workplace happiness seems to improve with age: An astounding 50% of employees over the age of 65 said absolutely nothing stressed them out at work.

If you’re feeling bogged down by your own small paycheck or long schlep to the office, try one of these tricks for boosting your pay in 2014, or learn how you can make your commute happier.

  • annemariearnold

    Long drive on commute? Listen to National Public Radio (NPR).