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Employees perceptions of stress

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Keywords: Stress, employee stress, mental health, mental health interventions

A new study by a team of Australian researchers from four different universities looked at employees’ perceptions of what causes and reduces stress in the workplace.

The study

The study focused on trying to identify which interventions are most effective for reducing stress in the workplace. A range of previous studies have shown that, due to economic pressures, global levels of uncertainty and fast-paced change, both the incidence and severity of job-related stress is increasing significantly year-on-year.

Increases in employee stress have been associated with increases in competitiveness, internationalisation, the increasing incidence of measurement of employee performance, technological, economic and political change. Further, a number of recent international studies have found that, globally, both job demands and stress have increased, whilst, at the same time, the amount of control individuals have within their employment and the support they get has decreased.

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