Workers all over the world have hit a new record for stress on the job — and that's not even the worst of it

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Workers all over the world have hit a new record for stress on the job — and that's not even the worst of it
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  • Workers around the world were more stressed than ever in 2021, according to a new Gallup report.
  • In addition, 60% reported being emotionally detached at work and 1 in 5 said they were miserable.
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Every year seems to be another chance to feel new levels of stress on the job.

Workers around the world were more stressed in 2021 than ever before, according to a new Gallup report, State of the Global Workplace: 2022. Worldwide, 44% of workers reported having daily stress at work, up slightly from 43% in 2020, which was its own record at the time.

In addition, Gallup found that 60% of workers around the world are emotionally detached at their jobs, and 19% are plain miserable. Worldwide, just 9% of workers are thriving and engaged, while the majority of the global workforce, specifically 57%, are neither engaged nor thriving at their jobs.

The effects can be harmful to all areas of employees' lives, well beyond work itself.

Workers who regularly reported high levels of burnout on the job said their work hurt their ability to meet their family responsibilities. These people were also 23% more likely to go to the emergency room, Gallup found.

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So what's the answer to your workplace woes? One area for employers and employees alike to direct their attention is improving management, says Gallup CEO Jon Clifton.

"The real fix is this simple: better leaders in the workplace," Clifton wrote in a letter preceding the report. "Managers need to be better listeners, coaches and collaborators. Great managers help colleagues learn and grow, recognize their colleagues for doing great work, and make them truly feel cared about. In environments like this, workers thrive."

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