Work-related stress is affecting more and more people in Switzerland, according to a study published by the Federal Statistical Office.
In 2012, 18% said they felt stressed at work most of the time. By 2017, the same figure had risen to 21%.
Nine potential drivers of on-the-job stress were looked at. Only 11% said they faced none of them, while 50% reported being exposed to at least three, up from 46% in 2012. Those between 15 and 29 (58%) and those working in the transport (60%) and restaurant (66%) sectors were some of the worst affected.
Overall there was little difference between men and women, however there were differences in the detail. More men (54%) faced high work loads than women (50%) and more men (21%) suffered from a lack of social support than women (18%). However, more women (37%) reported suffering from a lack of work autonomy than men (30%) and more women (21%) reported discrimination and violence than men (18%). Other drivers of stress were the fear of losing a job (35%), values conflict (25%) and work intensity (27%).
49% of those feeling stress at work most of the time described their work and work environment as emotionally draining, a typical sign someone is heading for burnout.