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Main Connect News Majority of Canadians Stressed About Work

Majority of Canadians Stressed About Work

Monday, February 4, 2013

A combination of an unstable economy and a difficult job market is contributed high stress levels for some Canadians, specifically in young adults ages 18 to 24. The majority of this demographic reported feeling stressed about their current employment situation, a new survey finds.

Of those surveyed, 90 per cent reported experiencing high levels of stress and 72 per cent felt overwhelmed, according to the Sun Life Canadian Health Index study. The two biggest sources of stress to these young adults are finances and work, with many citizens reporting that they were either dissatisfied with their current job or couldn't find a proper position where they could jump start a career while also taking care of financial issues.

While these high levels of stress may have been predominantly found in a young demographic, there are still similar issues across age groups. Nearly 30 per cent of all Canadians surveyed believed they were underemployed in their current position and another 16 per cent felt overworked, which contributed to their mental stress.

The numbers for young adults were even higher, with almost 40 per cent saying they were underemployed and less than 35 per cent satisfied with their employment. This is unsurprising when the tough job market is taken into consideration, as aspiring professionals who lack certain skills are often left unemployed - to the point where the current unemployment rate for those under age 25 is more than twice the national average, CTV News reports.

"It is more difficult for young Canadians to find permanent full-time jobs that suit their skills and areas of study," Louis Theriault, director of health economics at the Conference Board of Canada, told CTV News. "Recent job creation has been dominated by part-time work - which is becoming a trend in Canada. This impacts younger workers in particular and contributes to their higher stress levels."

The problem of high stress is a difficult one to combat, as it can vary greatly from one person to another. In order for workers to find satisfactory full-time work they need to have the educational background and skills necessary to start a career, and that often begins by taking courses in college.

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