A new ESRI study has found that job stress among employees in Ireland doubled from 8 per cent in 2010 to 17 per cent in 2015. However, the level of job stress in Ireland was still below the average for ten Western European countries in 2015 (19 per cent).
The report – “Job stress and working conditions: Ireland in comparative perspective” - analyses the results from the European Working Conditions Survey in order to determine the working conditions that are associated with job stress in Ireland. You can read the report here.
Some of the findings include:
- Irish employees report higher-than-average levels of emotional demands and exposure to bullying, harassment or other forms of mistreatment
- Workers in the health sector, public administration and the manufacturing sector experience the highest levels of job stress
- With regards to occupational groups, technical/associate professionals, managers and professional workers experience higher levels of stress
- Employees who experience high levels of emotional demands (i.e., dealing with angry clients/customers or having to hide emotions while at work) are 21 times more likely to experience job stress than those with lower levels.
- Those with the highest levels of time pressure are ten times more likely to experience job stress than those under the least time pressure
- Those with the highest exposure to bullying, harassment and violence are eight times more likely to experience job stress than those with no exposure
- Those working over 40 hours per week are twice as likely to experience job stress as those working 36 to 40 hours.
- Work-related stress is an issue for both management and workers
- A supportive organisational culture with fewer hierarchical relationships must be promoted in workplaces
- Employers must have strong, up to date policies and procedures to protect workers from bullying/harassment/violence
- A new national workplace survey is needed in order to gather data on stress and changing working conditions in Ireland
IPH and Healthy Workplace Framework:
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) is supporting the Department of Health (RoI) in developing the Healthy Workplace Framework. The Healthy Workplace initiative is an important part of driving the Healthy Ireland agenda. As there are over 2 million people employed in Ireland, the workplace can make an important contribution to healthier communities.
The development of a Healthy Workplace framework across both public and private sectors will encourage and support the development of Health and Wellbeing programmes in all places of employment.
Further info can be found here.