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A quarter of Swiss workers stressed and exhausted, according to new research

Around a quarter of Swiss workers are stressed and exhausted, according to new research.


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A three-year study by the University of Bern and Zurich University of Applied Sciences, which covers the period from 2014 to 2016, estimates that this stress and exhaustion cost Swiss companies between CHF 5 and CHF 5.8 billion a year.

The cost of sick days is only the tip of the iceberg. On-the-job inefficiency costs roughly twice as much as sick day absenteeism, says the report.

Job stress was defined as a job with time pressure, work uncertainty, organizational dysfunction, excessive work, or stress between staff and their boss or colleagues. Stress reducing aspects of work included adequate resources, room to manoeuvre, globality of the task, support from superiors, and general confidence.

Not everyone was driven to ill health and inefficiency by a stressful job, however the rates shot up as the work environment became more stressful. The second chart above shows 33.8% coped in a high stress environment. At the same time nearly 50% didn’t. In a low stress environment, the percentage describing themselves as fairly to very exhausted fell to 12.2%.

Researchers surveyed around 3,200 employees between the ages of 16 and 65 in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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