More and more people are stressed at work

More and more people are stressed at work
More and more people are stressed at work

Nearly one in four Swiss people are considered stressed at work. This proportion has increased over the past 10 years (2012-2022), going from 18 to 23%. And women are now more stressed than men, with an increased risk of burnout.

In 2022, one in four women (25%) and one in five (21%) professionally active men reported being stressed most of the time or always at work, we can read in the Swiss survey on human health. ‘Federal Statistical Office the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) published Thursday.

These proportions are increasing, particularly among women, 17% of whom were stressed in 2012, compared to 18% of men.

Frequent stress in health and social work

Stress is most common in the health and social work sector (29%). However, one in four women is professionally active in this sector.

The share of women who are emotionally exhausted in their work and present an increased risk of burnout increased from 20% in 2012 to 25% in 2022. The share of men affected by this risk is stable and amounted to 19% in 2022.

It is stressed people who are most likely to be emotionally exhausted at work: more than one in two stressed people (53%) are in this case. Some 27% of people who are emotionally exhausted have symptoms of depression, compared to 5% of those who are not.

Discrimination and violence

In 2022, more women than men report being confronted with discrimination or violence at work (21% versus 16%). This difference is mainly explained by the significantly higher proportion of women than men having faced gender-related discrimination (8.4% compared to 1.5%) during the twelve months preceding the survey.

Women are also more likely than men to mention situations of sexual harassment (1.7% compared to 0.4%). This share reaches 4.1% among women aged 15 to 29. The proportion of women reporting having been victims of sexual harassment increased from 0.6% in 2012 to 1.7% in 2022.

Physical risks down slightly

In 2022, 47% of men and 43% of women faced at least three out of ten physical risks in their work. Among men, this corresponds to a slight decline compared to 2012, when 50% of them were affected. This decrease is pronounced for exposure to toxic or harmful products, which increased among men from 28% in 2012 to 23% in 2022.

The only physical risks more common among women than men are having to take painful or tiring positions (50% versus 45%) and having to lift or move people (15% versus 8%). These are frequent requests in the work of caring for or caring for young children.

Catering, construction and health at risk

In agriculture and construction, physical risks largely dominate psychosocial risks, with more than 80% of people exposed to at least three physical risks.

In health, catering, commerce and transport, psychosocial risks are as common as physical risks and the proportion of people facing at least three physical risks or at least three psychosocial risks is close to or exceeds 50%.

Working conditions are among the main social determinants of health. The Swiss health survey makes it possible to document their evolution between 2012 and 2022, thanks to a set of questions asked identically on three occasions (2012, 2017 and 2022).

This article was automatically published. Source: ats



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