Survey: 1 In 3 Employees Are Stressed Out, Underpaid And Overworked

stressed at work overworked underpaidWhile the Dow breaks new records and corporate profits continue to soar, one large segment of the population is not celebrating: American workers. Not only are millions still struggling with unemployment, but according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association, a significant chunk of those employed are miserable -- feeling stressed out, underpaid and overworked.

The survey of 1,501 adults, conducted online in January, found that more than one 1 of 3 workers suffer from chronic stress, with low salaries, high workloads and too little opportunity for advancement. Other findings include:
  • More than 1 out of 2 employees say their employers aren't bothering to solicit their feedback, and even more say employers don't make changes based on feedback.
  • More than 50 percent say they aren't paid adequately.
  • Most employees feel "stuck," with only 39 percent saying they feel they can move up in their organizations.
  • Women feel even less valued, with 48 percent reporting they feel underpaid versus 43 percent of men. (And these women probably are correct; previous studies have shown that the gender wage gap persists, with women earning 77 percent of what men make, a stat that has remained the same since 2005.)

The APA released its survey timed to giving out its "Healthiest Workplace Awards." As The Wall Street Journal wryly noted, 3 of the 4 top winners were based on tropical islands. The winners were Bowers & Kubota, a consulting firm in Waipau, Hawaii; Triple S, a managed care firm in Puerto Rico; Cancer Care Management Department at Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center in Newark, Del., and Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Only 19 percent of their employees reported being stressed out, versus 35 percent in the APA survey.

Are you stressed out at work? How do you think employers could improve the environment? Share in the comments section below.

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I ******* hate my job my ******* boss wants me to the job of 3 people for the price of 1 i am so close to telling him to go **** himself and top of that he sexually harasses me ughhhh i hate this ******* place i want to leave everything and everyone behind **** everyone

June 12 2013 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"•Women feel even less valued, with 43 percent reporting they feel underpaid versus 48 percent of men. "

The obvious results of todays educational system.
43% is now greater then 48%

AOL must be sharing the same group of amature reporters as Huffington Post

March 08 2013 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex Schaefer

As goes the unions, so goes the "middle class"! Simple enough!

March 08 2013 at 8:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex Schaefer

Let the revolution begin!

March 08 2013 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And the media thinks it's not responsible for that? Every day they bash the wealthy and create the divisions. Rather than being informative and fair in reporting how big business is needed for job production, they constantly barrage big business to further the socialistic "Obamaland" which is promised as hope and change.

March 07 2013 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to William's comment

what planet did you come from

March 08 2013 at 6:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

UNIONS got America where it's at! employees want to be coddled and the Corp's move elsewhere... THAT is the problem in a nutshell. man up, people...find what you enjoy and make your way!. employees are such woozies!!!!!! My son joined a union. they haven't done CRAP for him but collect their dues so the fatcats can steal it.

March 07 2013 at 9:43 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Sloedanzin's comment

I for one have never been a union member. For many many years I felt that unions were needed back in the 1920s - maybe 50s, but were no longer needed.
My feeling was that BUSINESS learned that their workers were their backbone, keeping them healthy and happy is good for the business.
But then NAFTA and other things happened, and the stampead started. outsourcesing all the jobs we use to have here. While the top execs lined their pockets, they abandoned the workers that made the company what it was.Or the vulcures would come and buy up the company that was just getting by, give the BOD golden parashutes, and screw the rank and file WORKERS the company employed.

March 08 2013 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Until there is a resurgence of unions, this is your future. Smarten up people.

March 07 2013 at 9:35 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

leave it up to your employer, and you get nada! that my friends is why we need UNIONS !!

March 07 2013 at 8:45 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What part of being sold into slavery by your goverment didn't you understand. Get used to it, it will only get worse. As long as the American People keep letting our goverment pad there pockets from large corp, wall street, big banks, and the medical industry. Nothing will get any better.

March 07 2013 at 8:26 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Randy Rodriguez

it was like that when i worked,long time ago..suk it up.

March 07 2013 at 7:10 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Randy Rodriguez's comment

so don't fix it

March 08 2013 at 6:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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