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June 2003     Vol. 4, no. 6

Sources of workplace stress

Cara Williams

  • In both 1994 and 2000, 34% of working Canadians cited too many demands or hours as the most common source of workplace stress.
  • In 2000, about 37% of full-time workers felt stress at work as a result of too many demands or hours, compared with 20% of part-time workers.
  • Almost one-quarter of employees working a rotating shift worried about accident or injury, compared with only 11% of daytime employees.
  • Holding other factors constant, employees in health-related occupations were about seven times more likely than those in management, business, finance, or sciences to cite fear of accident or injury as a source of stress.
  • Age has some influence on the type of workplace stress an individual experiences. For example, about 16% of workers 45 and older felt that having to learn computer skills was a source of stress, compared with only 8% of those aged 15 to 24.


Cara Williams is with the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Divison. She can be reached at (613) 951-6972 or

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