Work stress leads to more absenteeism: StatsCan

Women more likely to report feeling stressed than men

Work-related stress has a direct effect on the productivity of Canadian workers, according to a new Statistics Canada study.

The study, Work Stress and Job Performance, found work stress leads to reduced work activities and increased disability and sick days.

The study found men with high-strain jobs were 1.7 times more likely than those with low-strain jobs to report lower work activities due to a long-term health problem. They were also 1.5 times more likely to report having taken at least one disability day during the two weeks prior to the survey.

The study also found nearly one-in-five men and women who reported their regular work days to be stressful took at least one disability day during the two weeks prior to the survey.

On a long-term basis, men and women who worked in physically demanding jobs were about 1.6 times more likely than those in other jobs to have reduced their work activities in the following two years.

Women were more likely to report high work strain than men, with 28 per cent of working women reporting their jobs were high-strain compared with 20 per cent of men. One-third of women felt quite a bit or extremely stressed most days at work compared with 29 per cent of men.

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