Study: Stress Is the Worst Part of Having a Job

August 18, 2017

10:50 am

No one ever said work was going to be easy. Between long hours, boring meetings, and clueless bosses, the days never seem to end, particularly in the startup world where a 9 to 5 job is hard to come by. However, there are a lot of different aspects of the modern workplace that can be viewed as negative. But according to one study, job stress is the worst culprit of them all.

According to research from Insurance Quotes, at least half of all employees view job stress as the worst aspect of being employed. The study surveyed 1,000 working Americans and categorized respondents by employment type, leading to some pretty revelatory numbers in terms of where you work and how, mostly about how stressful it is being a freelancer.

“Though some employees may be more happy about their jobs than others, work is still work,” wrote the authors of the study. “Our survey found nearly all freelancers were most unhappy about their job stress, while no freelancers were unhappy with their job flexibility. Flexibility, in this case, does indeed come at a price.”

While freelancers are burdened with an unreasonable amount of stress, the rest of the employment types are a little less burdened. Self-employed professionals are notably less stressed than freelancers, while base pay plus tips, hourly, and salaried employees are notably even less stressed still. However, it does remain the number one problem in the workplace, except for base pay plus tips employees, who cited coworkers and pay rate as significantly worse.

Being stressed is part of the professional picture, but this seems like a bit much. Sure, most offices outside of Silicon Valley and other tech hubs aren’t utilizing office perks like daily yoga and meditation rooms. But does that still warrant overwhelming job stress across the board?

If you’re company is experiencing anything like this, productivity is likely suffering, turnover is probably skyrocketing, and your own stress levels are probably through the roof. Take time to address these pain points, particularly stress, and your company will be back on track in no time.

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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