APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Work Stress

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Work Stress

With 65 percent of U.S. employees citing work as a significant source of stress and more than one-third reporting chronic work stress, workplace stress can affect both individual well-being and organizational performance. In addition to affecting employee health, chronic stress can have serious repercussions for employers. In all, the American Institute of Stress estimates that job stress costs U.S. industry more than $300 billion a year in absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal and insurance costs.

Check out this short video, where we hit the streets to hear more about people’s experiences at work and how they cope with the stressors they face on the job. Then, scroll down for a collection of work stress resources, including articles and research abstracts, book recommendations, useful statistics and links to other high-quality sources of information.

Articles and Research Abstracts

Search our database of professional, academic and popular press literature for articles about work stress.

Books on Work Stress

Suggested Readings: Work Stress – New releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can use to promote employee well-being and organizational performance. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Center for Organizational Excellence’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. In this issue, we focus on workplace stress, with volumes that explore causes, risk factors and tips for preventing job burnout.

Webcasts and Online Courses

Improving the Person or the Environment? Taking a Systematic Approach to Stress in the Workplace ($) – This program provides a brief background on the implications of stress for an organization’s productivity and bottom-line performance. It covers techniques available for assessing the importance of particular stressors, different categories of stressors (such as environmental, job characteristics, and psychosocial), key professionals who are likely in the best position to influence different types of stressors (e.g., managers, human resource professionals) and various stress interventions and how those interventions influence specific types of stressors.


Work, Stress and Health Conference – Convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology

Articles from the American Psychological Association

APA Survey Finds U.S. Employers Unresponsive to Employee Needs

For Stress Management and Better Performance, Employers Get in on the ACT

Managers and Subordinate Stress

Research roundup: Work stress

Occupational Stress and Employee Control

Mental stress wreaks physical havoc on workers

Road rage, air rage and now ‘desk rage’ – Work stress is leading more people to engage in counterproductive workplace behaviors.

Employees’ longer working hours linked to family conflict, stress-related health problems

Work, Stress, and Health & Socioeconomic Status

APA Help Center Resources

Tips for coping with stress at work

Stress in the workplace

Mind/body health: Job stress

From our Good Company Blog

Workplace Stress Needs to Be Reined In

Dealing with Stress in Your Organization

We Drill for Skill Because Under Stress We Regress

Are We Stressing Out Our Kids?

Resources from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Workplace Safety & Health Topics – Stress at Work

NIOSH Educational Video on Work Stress Discusses Work Organization Factors, Interventions

STRESS...At Work

Stress Management in Work Settings

Other Resources

Mayo Clinic Tips for coping with stress at work

The American Institute of Stress – Workplace Stress Page

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Jeanne Greene, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Washington State University Vancouver