What job characteristics cause the most stress?
Adapted from the CWA pamphlet referenced under “For more information,” below are some stressors that can apply to work in schools:
Job control and low reward stressors include:
- Decisions over your work made by others.
- Lack of recognition for work done.
- Job insecurity and fear of layoffs.
- Loss of benefits.
- Inadequate pay and lack of promotion opportunities.
- Change of job duties to lower skilled work.
- Excessive monitoring by administrators.
- Racism, sexism, or age discrimination.
- Isolation from fellow employees, lack of support.
Job demand and working conditions stressors include:
- Overwork, including excessive paperwork and filling in for laid off employees.
- Poor physical conditions, including poor ventilation, heating and lighting; inoperable windows; outdated and incompatible computers, water leaks, overcrowded classrooms, etc.
- Violence and lack of training in violence prevention
- Work in windowless or other areas inappropriate for work done in them, such as shower and closets used as work areas
- Physical dangers, such as poor lighting in parking areas
- Conflicting job demands