Unpredictability Ranked Biggest Stressor At Work

A new CareerCast job stress poll found “unpredictability” to be the biggest source of work stress and “business travel” to be the least likely source of stress on the job. The online opinion poll had 834 respondents and is a new supplement to CareerCast’s annual Jobs Rated Most and Least Stressful Jobs report, which has been published annually since 2009.

A number of factors can contribute to job stress. For example, enlisted military, firefighters, and police officers — three of the most stressful careers on CareerCast’s 2016 Job Stress report — encounter multiple stressors. Not only are their jobs unpredictable, but they also face personal danger, are responsible for the safety of others, and have a perilous working environment. Public relations executives and event coordinators, which were also among the top 10 most stressful professions of 2016, face a difficult workplace environment and considerable demands from their bosses and clients.

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