What evidence is there to support the view that the incidence of work-related stress
increased dramatically in Australian organisations during the 1990s and early 2000s?
Should employers be made responsible for dealing with the negative effects of work-
related stress on their employees? If so how could they do this?
Prepared for: Nick Foster
Occupational stress is a major news item, which has captured numerous headlines across
the industrialized world and rightly so. Stress is reported to cost employers US$120 Billion
p.a. in North America and Europe, 200 million lost production days in the US and the
European Union spends approximately 4% of GNP on mental health problems (Warr
Occupational stress should not be viewed as a negative by-product of work-life. A certain
level of stress is definitely beneficial to individual and societal growth. This level of stress,
referred to by Foster (2005)