By Dr Lindsay McMillan

Australian employees want their employers to step up and address workplace stress, with stressed workers more likely to be looking for a new job in the next 12 months, our new research has revealed.

As reported in The Australian, our survey of over 1,000 workers found stressed workers are two and a half times more likely to look for a new job in the next year compared with workers who are not stressed at work.

 As well as that, 85 per cent of workers also reported that they believe employers are responsible for creating an environment that proactively addresses stress in the workplace.

These are some of the latest revelations from Reventure's recent report, Workplace Wellbeing, which was launched at two packed events in Sydney and Melbourne. 

These results are a wake-up call for Australian businesses and should make all employers across Australia stand up and take notice. 

Employers across the country are being sent a clear message from Australian workers: workplace stress is a significant issue and employers need to put in place strategies to address it.

The risk for employers is clear, if they don’t act, employees will walk.

These are concerning results, which clearly demonstrate that Australian workplaces need to engage in a meaningful and practical renewal process. If these issues are not addressed, workers will continue to suffer and ultimately so will businesses.

Other headline results in the survey include:

  • 73 per cent of workers are stressed about work;
  • 51 per cent of workers believe unrealistic workload expectations have the greatest negative impact on wellbeing in the workplace;
  • 25 per cent of Australian workers would sacrifice company perks for better wellbeing in their workplace;
  • One in five would sacrifice a promotion (21 per cent) or a pay rise (19 per cent) for better wellbeing; and
  • Only one in ten Australian workers (12 per cent) believe business decisions are made in the best interest of the wellbeing of employees.