The American Worker: Emotionally and Physically Taxed

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By: Marie Donlon

The American workplace, with its sometimes hostile, inconsistent and inflexible environments, has become both physically and emotionally exhausting, according to a recent survey.

The results of the American Working Conditions survey, conducted by researchers from RAND Corporation, Harvard Medical School and UCLA, revealed that more than one-in-four workers in the U.S. felt that they did not have enough time in the day to complete tasks related to their jobs. Likewise, half of the 3,066 survey participants reported frequently bringing work home with them after hours.

"I was surprised how taxing the workplace appears to be, both for less-educated and for more-educated workers," said lead author Nicole Maestas, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct economist at RAND. "Work is taxing at the office and it's taxing when it spills out of the workplace into people's family lives."

Over half of the survey respondents also reported experiencing hazardous working conditions and nearly one-in-five workers reported feeling that the social culture in the workplace was hostile and threatening.

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