Job insecurity and job reorganisation (72%) are seen as the most common causes of work-related stress across Europe, followed by hours worked or workload (66%) and unacceptable behaviours such as bullying or harassment (59%). These are the main findings of a pan-European opinion poll conducted on behalf of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).
Ipsos MORI carried out surveys in 31 European countries, conducting 16,622 interviews between November 2012 and early February this year. Around half of those surveyed (51%) perceived work-related stress to be common in their workplace.
Female workers (54%) are more likely than male workers (49%) to say that work-related stress is common.
Perceptions of workplace stress also vary by sector, with those in health or care work being the most likely to say cases of work-related stress are common (61%).
Four in ten workers don't think stress is handled well in their workplace.
Commenting on the findings, EU-OSHA director Christa Sedlatschek said:
"We are very much focused on tackling psychosocial risks, such as stress, in the workplace; next year we will launch our Healthy Workplaces Campaign on managing stress. The message to be conveyed across European companies of different sizes and sectors is that psychosocial risks can be dealt with in the same logical and systematic way as other health and safety issues."
EU-OSHA press release (9 May 2013)