A recent survey by the job search website CareerCast revealed that of the eleven things that cause stress in the workplace, deadlines are the biggest contributor to the stress that employees experience. According to the report “Employees were asked what was the biggest contributing factor to their stress and the survey found that the most common cause was deadlines (30%).” I looked at that with the quizzical look that your dog gives you when they don’t understand you. I thought how can you have a job, any job, that doesn’t have deadlines?
Is this generational?
Perhaps this number is the result of the way the Millennial generation has been reared. No pressure, participation trophies, and hence no deadlines? This has got to actually mean unreasonable deadlines. That will definitely stress you out. But in reading what I was sent I didn’t get the impression they were talking about unreasonable deadlines, just deadlines. You can read the results yourself by clicking here.
The next most stressful event was “Life of Another at Risk” stress factor coming in second at 17%. That is less stressful than just having a deadline???
What is your take on this survey?
Of a 1000 survey takers this is how their results shook out.
Top Causes of Stress:
- Deadlines (30%)
- Life of Another at Risk (17%)
- Competitiveness (10%)
- Physical Demands (8%)
- Working in the Public Eye (8%)
- Growth Potential (7%)
- Life at Risk (7%)
- Hazards Encountered (5%)
- Meeting the Public (4%)
- Travel (3%)
- Environmental Conditions (2%)
Many of these are valid causes of stress, but what job does not have a deadline?
I really would like to have your feedback on my interpretation of this study. Am I off base?
Please make a remark below.
Please note: I am not belittling CareerCast with my observation. A result is a result.