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Warning: Compliance Causes Stress

Reese Darragh | January 24, 2012

Compliance officers have long known they have a difficult job that can be exceedingly stressful at times. Now they have empirical evidence.

A recent study by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics has unearthed hard data on how stressful compliance and ethics jobs can be. Of nearly 1,000 compliance professionals surveyed by the SCCE, 58 percent say they often wake up in the middle of the night from job-induced stress, and a stunning 60 percent say they have considered leaving their job in the last 12 months due to the amount of stress.

“It is simply unacceptable,” says Roy Snell, chief executive officer of SCCE. “It is a job that has to be done, to find and fix the problems. That goes back to the job not [being] well understood by others.”

The top factors contributing to stress were figuring how to comply with new and changing laws and regulations...

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