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Survey Highlights Stress Effect of Unemployment; Tips to Counter

We’ve all felt stress at work; however, in today’s environment, many are dealing with a whole new kind of stress that stems from rising unemployment and a competitive job market. According to the Bureau of Labor, unemployment in May was at 9.4%, and we’ll find out tomorrow if June looked any better. Harris Interactive¹ recently conducted a survey on behalf of that found two out of three people (69%) questioned are seeing that same work stress begin to affect other areas of their life, including relationships with family, friends and even their health.

We reviewed how stress between those employed² and unemployed varied, and documented in the chart below the specific areas that are impacted as a result of work or finding work. The largest differences between employed and unemployed are the effects on relationships with friends and family, and the fact that people have less time to enjoy things outside of work and find less excitement in things they typically enjoy.

Glassdoor Report: Stress Evaluation
What areas of your life has stress affected either due to work or finding work?
  Employed Not Employed but Looking
Relationships  38% 43%
Lower self-esteem / confidence 18% 41%
Physical and/or emotional symptoms 36% 38%
Less excitement about I typically enjoy 29% 40%
Less time to enjoy things important to me outside of work 38% 21%

It’s also interesting to note that married people noted experiencing stress more often than single job seekers, 81% to 57% respectively. The  survey found that the highest rates of stress associated at work or with finding work are reported among those 35-44 (78%), and men in the age bracket are affected in the following areas: physical symptoms from stress (47%), less time to enjoy things important to them outside work (47%), and less excitement about things they typically enjoy (42%). Men reported experiencing physical symptoms more often than women (47% vs. 41%).

So what can job seekers do to keep their head up and feel a little less stressed out? We offer this round up of suggestions from recent articles that have posted on the topic:

In addition, here is some advice from our career and workplace expert, Rusty Rueff, who offers a supportive a straightforward perspective to those who have been laid off and are trying hard to stay financially afloat:

 ¹ The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of between March 19- 23, 2009 via its QuickQuerySM online omnibus service, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,798 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, of whom 1,576 are employed full time or part time. The Q4 survey was conducted Dec.16-18, 2008 among 2,281 U.S. adults 18+ of whom 1,331 were currently employed (full time or part-time).This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A full methodology, including weighting variables, is available.

² For the purposes of this study “employees” were defined as U.S, adults 18+ employed full time or part time unless otherwise indicated.