A Study on Occupational Stress among Bank Employees in Belagavi City
Introduction: Occupational stress is a common workplace problem experienced by all professionals, irrespective of their nature of work. Stress is an important health area of concern among bank employees. The study aims to assess the stress level and its associated factors among bank employees. Objectives: The objectives of the study were to assess occupational stress affecting the health of bank employees. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 300 bank employees from the banks which were selected using random number technique in Belgaum district. Stress level was assessed by occupational stress index and classified into distress and severe stress based on mean and standard deviation of stress scores (mean score =143.71, SD =7.73). Results: Majority (68.91%) of them had distress, 16.72% of employees had severe stress. The variables that include age group, sex, category of work, smoking, and alcohol use were not found to be significantly associated with the stress level (P > 0.05). There was a significant association (Chi-square =9.43, P < 0.05) seen between diabetes and stress levels. Conclusion: Stress level among bank employees is high, which necessitates intervention measures for this vulnerable group.
Key words: Bank employees, prevalence, stress levels
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