Report on Industrial Workers Reveals Stress Levels from Job

Almost 50 percent of the respondents from the construction, manufacturing and warehouse and transportation industries reported stress.

A new report from StrongArm Technologies shows the effects of work on industrial workers.

The report, Industrial Athlete Workforce Report, asked more than 600 workers in the construction, manufacturing and warehouse and transport industries about their jobs.

Of the respondents, 47 percent said they were “stressed at their current jobs,” according to the report, with top stressors including pay (27 percent), recruiting/job requirements (22 percent) and advancement opportunities (14 percent).

Stress can also affect workers’ mental health and life outside of work. Of those stressed, 18 percent reported a negative effect on mental health. In the warehouse and transport industry, 32 percent of workers said “they’re too tired to engage with friends and family as a result of their jobs,” the report said, and the same amount said it's hard “to take time off or take a vacation.”

“The future of work shouldn’t be exclusive. The conversation that we’re hearing so much today around flexible benefits and more comprehensive body and mind support from employers isn’t including our most critical workforce – the Industrial Athletes who manufacture all of our goods, keep our grocery shelves stocked and deliver critical services,” said Sean Petterson, CEO of StrongArm Technologies in a press release.

“There has been a massive positive shift in the recognition of essential workers during the pandemic, and now it’s time for companies to walk the walk and provide them better support and safety in their jobs,” Petterson continued.

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