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The Five Most Stressed Countries in the World!

We’ve all felt stressed out at some point or another. A certain amount of stress is expected during everyday tasks within a work environment. However, not all stress or pressure is a bad thing. Stress often has a negative connotation but some of us need a bit of pressure or stress to motivate us.I know that I need a bit of stress to motivate me! Typically under small amounts of stress we are performing at our best!

In mechanics, stress is defined as the pressure or tension exerted on a material object. If the force (stress) becomes stronger or lasts longer than the material object can resist, it deforms. In a behavioural sense, stress can force an individual away from their comfort zone and cause them to adjust their style to the demands of their current environment.

Obviously when we experience too much stress for a long period of time, this may have a detrimental impact on our ability to perform or how we feel. Effects of work-related stress are an increasingly large issue for businesses. This particularly so in office environments where workers are experiencing increased pressures, workloads and long work hours.

The National Stress Indicator ™ (“NSI”) is one outcome of Extended DISC’s continuous global research and interest in understanding not only individuals, teams and corporations but also nations. The (NSI) measures the amount of negative stress/pressure a group of individuals feel they face. The higher the NSI score, the less balanced, peaceful and secure the population feels the environment is.

Calculation of National Stress Indicator 

The population data for NSI is collected from the users of the Extended DISC System around the world and is a well-balanced representation of the average working adult population in each country. The total population used in the random sample for the research was 487,560, taken from 37 different countries and 70 different answering languages, including English and Maori, so the statistics are quite compelling.

The NSI score is calculated from the Extended DISC Profiles. Extended DISC Behavioural Analyses measure the most natural behavioural preference of an individual and also how the person feels they need to adjust in response to their current environment.

Every individual who completes a Profile gets a stress score that is based on certain indications in the Profile. A Profile with no indication of any negative pressure gets a zero score. The highest possible score is 5.

The Most Stressed-Out Countries

The top five stressed countries are: 

  1. Poland with a NSI score of 2.18
  2. Sweden with an NSI score of 1.93
  3. Belgium with an NSI Score of 1.86
  4. Denmark with a score of 1.84
  5. Finland with a score of 1.80

How do Australia and New Zealand Compare?

Australia and New Zealand have an NSI score of 1.58 respectively, which is slightly higher than average.

Also interesting to note here is that the S Styles have higher NSI scores than the rest of the DISC Styles. S Styles like to help others and are often ‘silent sufferers,’ they are usually more quiet during conversation and prefer to handle their workload themselves. It’s important to recognise the signs of the DISC Styles when under stress or pressure, to remember to give support where needed.




Where do we go from here?

Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide with stress being a massive trigger contributing towards this increase.Individuals feel stressed for all sorts of different reasons; some major stress-inducing factors include unemployment rate, traffic, and pollution. The National Stress Indicator™ reflects not only stress at work but also the general attitude towards work and individualism. The NSI gives society a lot to think about and its purpose is to raise discussion within each country about causes and consequences of stress. We hope that by pinpointing countries struggling with higher stress levels, the population will recognise the issues and overcome them.