Quarter of workers ‘stressed out’: survey

More than 40 percent of employed people in Switzerland believe they suffer from overwork, while a quarter of them say they are stressed out, according to a new survey.

Quarter of workers 'stressed out': survey
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The Job Stress Index 2014 concluded that two million of the 4.9 million workers in Switzerland suffer from too much work.

The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Bern and the University of Zurich, also found that more than one million workers say they are stressed by their jobs.

The study said that people working full-time and young workers are most affected by stress, while men and woman are equally affected.

The pressure of deadlines, too much work and problems with superiors and colleagues are among the key factors causing stress, the report said.

Job satisfaction, emotional ties with the employer, the support of superiors and flexibility are among the elements enjoyed by workers without stress.

Those suffering from stress have more problems with sleep, are more easily irritated and in general have poorer health than workers who report not feeling any stress, the report said.

Stressed employees are more likely to be absent from their jobs and less productive while working, it said.

The overall related cost to Swiss businesses from absences, lost productivity, reduction in time worked and staff turnover was estimated at 5.6 billion francs ($5.9 billion) per year.

The results of the study are based on a survey of 3,484 workers throughout Switzerland in February this year.

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Switzerland has made reciprocal agreements regarding working holiday visas with several countries. Here's what you need to know.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Over the past few decades, countries around the globe have rolled out ‘working holiday visa’ agreements.

These visa schemes, largely targeted at young people, allow people to work and live in a particular country, usually for a set period of time and pursuant to certain conditions.

In recent years, Switzerland has expanded its own form of a ‘working holiday visa’, although there are some important differences to be aware of.

Unlike some of the better known schemes like those in place in Australia, applicants are discouraged from moving around and are generally required to stay with the one employer for the duration.

The goal of the visa scheme is to allow applicants to “expand their occupational and linguistic skills in Switzerland”.

The visa scheme runs for 18 months and cannot be extended.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

The agreements are made between countries, meaning your fate will depend on whether your government has at some point struck a deal with Switzerland.

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If you are from the European Union or an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), then you will be able to live and work in Switzerland as is – and will not need to go through this process.

If you come from outside the EU, you will only be able to apply for this visa if you are a citizen of the following countries:

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Where these agreements have been struck, they have entitled citizens of both countries to certain rights and permissions in the other country. 

However, while these arrangements might be reciprocal, they are not identical. 

For instance, while citizens of Australia can enter Switzerland and work, the rules for Swiss citizens in Australia are significantly different. 

Therefore, if considering each program, be sure to study all of the relevant details as these will change from country to country and from agreement to agreement. 

More information is available at the following link. 

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