Organizational Change Tied to Stress, Distrust, Intent to Quit

“The Work and Well-Being Survey” from the American Psychological Association (APA), which polled over 1,500 full-time, part-time, and self-employed employees from February to March 2017, revealed the close links between organizational change — actual or expected — and stress, distrust, and intent to quit.

Fifty percent of the employees surveyed have been, are currently, or expect to be affected by organizational changes. Below are some of the highlights:

  • Workers experiencing recent or current change were more than twice as likely to report chronic work stress compared with employees who reported no recent, current or anticipated change (55 percent vs. 22 percent), and more than four times as likely to report experiencing physical health symptoms at work (34 percent vs. 8 percent)
  • Workers who reported being affected by organizational change currently or within the past year reported lower levels of job satisfaction compared with employees who reported no recent, current or anticipated changes (71 percent vs. 81 percent)
  • Working Americans who reported recent or current change were almost three times more likely to say they don’t trust their employer (34 percent vs. 12 percent) and more than three times as likely to say they intend to seek employment outside the organization within the next year (46 percent vs. 15 percent) compared to those with no recent, current or anticipated change.

Other notable findings of the survey include:

  • Contrary to popular belief, more than three-quarters of U.S. workers (78 percent) reported average or better levels of work engagement, as characterized by high levels of energy, being strongly involved in their work and feeling happily engrossed in what they do, with the largest group (47 percent) having an average level of work engagement.

Read the 53-page Executive Summary or the APA press release.

A Look Inside STOP®

The award-winning DuPont™ STOP® program provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture – thus preventing injuries and incidents.

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Survey: Over 50% of Employees Can’t Disconnect from Work

A survey from Accountemps reports that 54 percent of workers check in with the office at least once or twice a week during vacations, up from 41 percent in 2016.

According to a press release, the survey also indicated the reasons why employees check their email during their holidays:

  • Gaining peace of mind that things were under control
  • Keeping projects moving along
  • Avoiding coming back to extra work
  • Preventing colleagues from feeling undue stress

The survey also notes an age factor when it comes to checking their work emails. Sixty percent of workers 55 and older don't connect with the office during their break, compared to 52 percent of respondents ages 35 to 54 and only 38 percent of workers 18 to 34.

Read more findings from the survey, including data on planned vacations. Or, check out this 16-page slideshow.

Workplace Drug Use Highest in 12 Years

More Americans tested positive for illicit drug use in 2016, with the rate reaching its highest in 12 years, according to Quest Diagnostics

The results of the annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index were presented last May in Orlando, Florida. Quest Diagnostics reported that overall positivity in urine drug testing among the U.S. workforce in 2016 stood at 4.2 percent, which represents a five percent relative increase over last year’s rate of 4.0 percent, and the highest annual positivity rate since 2004.

Read the full Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index, which covers positivity rates according to testing category and testing reason. There is also data on federally-mandated drug testing, and for the general U.S. workforce.

Read the full press release.

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ASSE Publishes OSHA Reform Blueprint

In an eight-page proposal, “OSHA Reform Blueprint,” the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) laid down its vision for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Stating that the current regulatory approach toward safety and health in the workplace needs improvement. ASSE recommends a much-needed shift in approach from solely managing compliance to also reducing risks, one that would bring U.S. OSH practices in line with global trends.

To do this, ASSE proposes the following:

  • Adopt a risk-based approach and require safety and health programs
  • Focus efforts on finding solutions to the primary causes of workplace fatalities
  • Expand third-party auditing
  • Expand options for employers in settlement agreements
  • Embrace expanded use of consensus standards and negotiated rulemaking
  • Provide coverage for all public workers
  • Reduce chemical and physical exposures through occupational hazard banding
  • Increase collaboration with NIOSH for improved OSHA guidance
  • Intensify Total Worker Health efforts

In addition, ASSE recommends three straightforward clarifications of OSHA’s work:

  • Rescind the 2016 electronic recordkeeping rule
  • Do more to recognize companies with exemplary OSH practice
  • Cease activity beyond the scope of occupational health and safety.

Read the press release or view the full proposal.

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