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Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana ranked 4th most stressful country for workers

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Ghana has been identified as the 4th most stressful country for workers in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the 2023 Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report.

According to the survey by Gallup, Ghanaian workers experience stress on a daily basis.

Chad tops the list with workers experiencing the most stress daily. It is followed by Uganda in second place, Tanzania in third, Sierra Leone in fifth, Senegal in sixth, Nigeria in seventh, Guinea in eighth, Togo in ninth, and Cameroon in tenth.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 46% of workers experience daily stress. Among female workers, 48% are stressed daily, while 45% of male workers also experience daily stress.

Gallup notes that despite the world having recovered from the worst of the pandemic, employee stress remains at a record-high level.

The survey reveals that forty-four percent of employees reported experiencing a lot of stress the previous day, matching the record high in 2021 and continuing a trend of increased stress that started nearly a decade ago.

Gallup points out that as organizational leaders strive to navigate an uncertain economic outlook, their employees’ stress is affecting productivity and performance.

“Much has been made about the pros and cons of remote, hybrid or fully on-site work. Some employees find working from home more conducive to focused work, while others find they focus better in the office. The office remains a gathering place for social bonding, development and culture building within organizations. But the flexibility of remote work allows for greater autonomy and wellbeing, which today’s workers highly prize,” Gallup stated in its survey.

Gallup observed that engagement has 3.8 times as much influence on employee stress as work location, indicating that workers’ feelings of involvement and enthusiasm are more important in reducing stress than their physical location.

Gallup typically surveys 1,000 individuals in each country or area using a standard set of core questions translated into the respective country’s major languages. In some countries, Gallup collects oversamples in major cities or areas of special interest.

The data in this report by Gallup reflect the responses of adults aged 15 and older who were employed for any number of hours by an employer.

“With a few exceptions, all samples are probability-based and nationally representative. Gallup uses data weighting to minimize bias in survey-based estimates, ensure samples are nationally representative for each country, and correct for unequal selection probability, nonresponse, and double coverage of landline and mobile phone users when using both mobile phone and landline frames. Gallup also weights its final samples to match the national demographics of each selected country.”

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Source: Citinewsroom

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