Traffic, long work hours, unreasonable bosses, difficult co-workers, trying to balance work and family, fear of layoffs -- all those and more spell stress for American workers. Experts have been studying the effects of stress for more than 20 years, and the findings aren’t pretty. For instance, a survey this year by the American Psychological Association found that 36 percent of workers reported experiencing work stress regularly.
The survey was conducted online on behalf of the APA by Harris Interactive between Jan. 31 and Feb. 8.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that health care expenditures are nearly 50 percent greater for workers who report high levels of stress. They also note that there is mounting evidence to suggest that stress plays an important role in chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders and psychological disorders.
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