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2020 was a record year for feeling stressed at work

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Workers' daily stress reached a record high in 2020, according to the Global Workplace 2021 Report. Image: REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)

Martin Armstrong
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  • Workers' daily stress reached a record high in 2020, according to the Global Workplace 2021 Report.
  • 43% of respondents in over 100 countries claimed to have experienced stress, up from 38% in 2019.
  • Border closures, workplace closures and job cuts are believed to be the cause.
  • According to the report, workers in the US and Canada recorded the highest levels of daily stress globally at 57%.
  • In Western Europe, stress decreased to 39%, from 46% in 2019.

Worry, stress, anger and sadness among employees worldwide have been on the rise over the past decade, reaching record levels in 2020. This is according to a survey for the 'State of the Global Workplace 2021 Report' conducted by Gallup in 116 countries.

The report highlights that due to "global border closures, workplace closures and job cuts, workers' daily stress reached a record high" last year. Specifically, 43% of respondents in more than 100 countries claimed to have experienced stress for much of the previous day, while this percentage was 38% in 2019.

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Although stress globally reached record highs in 2020, not all regions of the world experienced the same levels. According to Gallup, workers in the United States and Canada recorded the highest levels of daily stress globally (57%), while in Western Europe, stress decreased to 39%, from 46% in 2019.

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