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Economy in Germany: employees cope with workplace stress better than most

A recent poll has revealed that German employees are coping with stress somewhat better than people from other industrialised nations.

According to the survey results of the “State of the Global Workplace 2022” by the consulting company Gallup, 40 percent of respondents in Germany stated that they had felt stress the day before. On average, it was 46 percent of the seven largest industrialized nations, and 39 percent throughout Europe.

According to the survey, stress worldwide has reached a peak in the corona crisis – in the USA, more than half of the employees are stressed. The most satisfied employees live in the Netherlands – followed by Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway.

Despite the seemingly high rate of stress in Germany, employees around the world have generally recorded higher levels. In the US, for example, stress levels are at 52 percent. The worldwide stress level averages a record 44 percent, while the average for the seven largest industrial nations is 46 percent. However, when compared to Europe (39 percent), Germany is largely concurrent.

According to Gallup expert Marco Nink, Germany’s healthcare system and strong social security are part of why employees in the federal republic feel less stressed than their counterparts in other countries. “In Germany, we benefit from a combination of extensive job security through the instrument of short-time work and a stable social and health system,” he explained. Employees’ ability to work from home also played a big part in keeping stress levels down.

Employees becoming disillusioned with bosses

At the same time, employees in Europe are above average dissatisfied, if they are asked about their managers. This is particularly prominent in Europe, with almost half of local employees keeping an eye on vacancies, although not actively looking for a new job.

On average, 44 percent of European employees believe that now is the right time to look for a new job, 16 percent more than last year. In Germany, this figure is at 53 percent and only 16 percent of employees state that they have a strong bond with their company due to leadership.

Many employees are thinking about changing jobs

Many have become accustomed to the home office. That’s why they are found to move less often for the job. The shortage of skilled workers also contributes to this. Well, every second person thinks the time is good to find a new job. However, only 11 percent consider a move within the next twelve months to be likely. It is 14 percent throughout Europe.

“The corona pandemic has changed the situation sustainably for the benefit of employees,” said Nink. “The home office will remain and be an important part of employer attractiveness.” In general, European companies should pay more attention to their employees, the bond with the employer has become particularly weak here, Gallup found out. Only 14 percent of employees have a strong emotional bond with their employer (Germany: 16 percent). This puts Europe at the bottom of the world.


Gallup (2022), “State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report”, retrieved 12 September 2022 from website

Nehra, W., (2022), “German employees coping with workplace stress better than most”, retrieved 12 September 2022 from Iamexptat website

Tagesspiegel (2022) „State of the Global Workplace 2022“:Deutsche Arbeitnehmer fühlen sich vergleichsweise selten gestresst, retrieved 12 September 2022 from Taggesspiegel website

By Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Director of Design Strategy at SAP and lecturer of Project Management for UX at the M.Sc. Usability Engineering at the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences .

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar has helped truly global companies in multiple continents create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

Itamar holds a MA in Design Practice from Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK), for which he received a Distinction Award for his thesis Creating Innovative Design Software Solutions within Collaborative/Distributed Design Environments.

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