[OPE] Work stress USA...

From: Jurriaan Bendien <adsl675281@telfort.nl>
Date: Thu Jun 04 2009 - 15:55:33 EDT

Ways to combat increased workplace pressures after company layoffs
By Hanah Cho hanah.cho@baltsun.com
 June 4, 2009

Feeling stressed, overworked and burned out? You're certainly not alone
these days. Layoffs and other work force reductions have left so-called
survivors with increased workloads and other challenges, according to a new
survey of more than 4,400 workers by CareerBuilder.com.

Nearly half of the workers said they have taken on more responsibility
because of a layoff, while 37 percent said they are handling the work of two
people. The survey also found that 34 percent of workers are spending more
time at the office, and 22 percent are working more weekends.

"Not only will this impact you personally but this is something that's
impacting productivity overall," says Jennifer Grasz, a spokeswoman at
CareerBuilder. "When you have workers who are highly stressed and burned
out, they're not going to be performing at the same level."

Another CareerBuilder survey found that 35 percent of 4,400 workers survey
said they haven't gone on or aren't planning to take a vacation this year.
Nearly 1 in 5 workers said they're either afraid of losing their jobs if
they do or feel guilty about being away.

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