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Shocking Statistics of Workplace Stress You Never Knew

Employee is shocked seeing the statistics of workplace stress

Have you ever gone through the statistics of workplace stress?

When you go through the figures, you ‘ll get shocked. OMG… workplace stress has a nasty effect.

Workplace stress is very common in the present days of highly demanding job which is beyond the coping capability.

Stress in the workplace is a result of various parameters like the heavy workload, tight deadlines, long working hours, lack of motivation, no growth opportunities etc.

There’s plenty of research on this subject which shows that too much of chronic stress can have a traumatizing effect on your health.

In this article, I will be sharing statistics of workplace stress of 8 different countries, covering the major sources of stress (personal and professional)

First I would like to share the percentage of people suffering from workplace stress per country

Workplace Stress by Country

Here are some shocking statistics of workplace stress of 8 different countries

1. United States of America 

As per the survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of APA in August 2017, money and work are the main sources of stress. Workplace stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.

Key figures for the United States (2016-2017):

  • 8 in 10 Americans are afflicted by stress
  • 79% of Americans feel stress sometimes or frequently in their daily lives
  • 17% say they rarely feel stressed and 4% say they never feel stress
  • 4 in 10 U.S Adults (41%) say they lack sufficient time to do all they want
  • 80% of working people feel stress on the job and half of them need help in managing stress
  • 65% of working people said that workplace stress had caused difficulties and more than 10% described these as having major effects
  • 10% said they work in a violent atmosphere due to workplace stress
  • 42% of working people reported that yelling and verbal abuse is common
  • 29% had yelled at co-workers due to workplace stress
  • 14% said they work in those environments where machinery or equipment has been damaged
  • 1 in 5 respondents had quit their earlier jobs and 1 in 4 had been driven to tears due to workplace stress
  • 62% working people end their day with work-related neck pain, 44% with stressed out eyes, 38% complained of hurting hands and 34% with difficulty in sleeping due to stressed-out condition
  • $300 billion in lost productivity annually to employers due to workplace stress
  • Well being Index among U.S adults have dropped from 62.1 to 61.5 from the year 2016 to 2017
  • Americans stress level, on a 10-point scale has increased from 4.8 to 5.1 between August 2016 and January 2017

Source: American Institute of Stress, Gallup

Stress Statistics of America

2. United Kingdom 

Workplace stress is one of the top causes of sickness absence. The stress incidence rate makes 2017 the highest year in the last 10 years from 2006/07

Key figures for the United Kingdom (2016-2017):

  • 526,000 working people were suffering from a workplace stress, depression or anxiety
  • 12,000 people died due to past exposure to chemicals or dust at work
  • 9 million working days were lost due to workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • 5 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety
  • £5.3 billion was spent due to workplace injury
  • £9.7 billion was spent on new cases of workplace ill health

The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows:

  • The total number of cases of workplace stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 was 526,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1,610 per 100,000 workers.
  • The number of new cases was 236,000, an incidence rate of 720 per 100,000 workers.
  • The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2016/17 was 12.5 million days. This equated to an average of 23.8 days lost per case. Working days lost per worker due to self-reported workplace stress, depression or anxiety has remained broadly flat but has shown some fluctuations.
  • In 2016/17 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40% of all work-related ill health cases and 49% of all working days lost due to ill health.
  • Stress is majorly prevalent in public service industries, such as education; health and social care; and public administration and defense. By occupation, jobs that are common across public service industries (such as healthcare workers; teaching professionals; business, media, and public service professionals) show higher levels of stress as compared to all jobs.
  • The main workplace stressors were the heavy workload, stringent deadlines, more responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

Source: Health and Safety Executive

3. Australia 

Stress Statistics of UK

Key figures for Australia (2015-2016):

  • 62% people felt that stress not only impacted their sleep but their social relationship as well
  • 52% accepted that they became irritable with loved ones and colleagues
  • 36% felt reluctant to take part in social activities
  • 18% felt that they were unable to support family members due to stress
  • People experiencing stress have a higher incidence of headaches

Source: Medibank

Stress Statistics of Australia

4. Canada 

Key figures for Canada (2015-2016):

  • 46% of working people feel a bit of stress on a day to day basis
  • 6 in 10 (58%) working people feel overworked
  • 1 in 4 working people has left a job due to stress
  • Working people are under a lot of pressure on the job
  • 38% of people whose earning < $40K have left a job due to stress
  • 27% of people have also said goodbye to an employer due to overwhelming job stress

Source: Monster CanadaStatistics Canada 

Stress Statistics of Canada

5. Germany 

Key figures for Germany (2015-2016):

  • 1 million working people experienced mental or emotional stress at work
  • Burnout costs 9 billion euro’s in lost productivity annually to employers
  • 8 days of work per year due to illness

Source: Statista

Stress Statistics of Germany

6. Japan 

Japanese work culture is very stressful and hazardous. Japanese are a very hard worker. Overtime work is the major source of stress for them.

Key figures for Japan (2015-2016):

  • 45% of Japanese men can’t sleep due to workplace stress
  • 3% of employees work 49 or more hours each week on an average
  • 3 thousand people committed suicide in Japan.
  • More than 20% of employees clocked dangerous levels of overtime each month
  • One-fifth of employees are at the risk of death from overwork

Source: Karoshi Report

7. France 

Key figures for France (2016-2017):

  • A quarter of French workers are in hyper stress and over half suffer from a high level of anxiety
  • 52% of employees were experiencing high levels of anxiety with 16% having an anxiety disorder
  • 51% of employees don’t experience stress at work at all.
  • “Having to deal with a lot of complex information” and a lack of time were two of the major causes of stress, said Stimulus.

Source: The Local

8. India 

Key figures for India (2015-2016):

  • 80% of employees are suffering from stress at work
  • 60% of employees want to quit their jobs due to workplace stress
  • 1 in 2 employees suffers from anxiety and depression
  • 90% of employees are interested to participate in corporate stress management programs

Source: SHRM

Stress Statistics of India


You have seen various sources of stress but statistics shows that workplace stress is still the main sources of stress.

In many countries, workplace stress is also on the rise compared to earlier years.

Due to workplace stress employees are deciding to quit the job? This is not a good sign.

Employers don’t improve the working environment in order to reduce stress in the workplace.

Bottom line is that an employer has to improve the work environment, to reduce the workplace stress which leads to retainment of the employees in the organization.

What’s your opinion about “statistics of workplace stress“. Please share in the comments section below




  1. James M. Egan Jr

    November 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    In America: The post-industrial work world,(service industries) and resulted demise of unionism (job security, working conditions good wages), the huge influx of women into the workplace, the tripling of the population since WW2, global competition, denial of advancement into the middle class (true reason for its shrinking), prohibitive cost of higher education, lack of progressive taxation policies (extreme differentiation in stratification of income classes especially at the the top tier) and the near future advance of robotics in job replacement have led to an incredibly stressful work environment. The future: A dystopia or a utopia depending on how science and social philosophy play out in our tomorrows. Keep smiling and damn it all too.https://www.harishsaras.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

  2. Harish Saras

    December 30, 2018 at 4:20 pm

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    February 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

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  4. Wow great work you did here, This article is really helpful for me I was very stressed about my workplace and having bad days from a few weeks, But your article is really helpful for me, The survey you have mentioned they are so informative, Thank you for sharing this amazing information with the inspirable thoughts.

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