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You’ve Got a Job, Now Deal With the Stress

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The stress of landing a job is intense and now, one survey shows, the stress on the job itself brings another set of grievances.

A survey of more than 1,000 workers was conducted to promote employee awareness by Harris Interactive for Everest College. Eighty-three percent of those surveyed said they are stressed out by at least one thing at work, up from 73 percent in 2012.

“More companies are hiring, but workers are still weary and stressed out from years of a troubled economy that has brought about longer hours, layoffs and budget cuts," according to John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College.

“Regardless of the industry you’re in, workers are asked to do more than less,” he said.

The survey says that unreasonable workloads, low pay, annoying co-workers and poor work-life balance top the list of employee gripes.

Stress levels have an impact on businesses as well. A study by the American Psychological Association says 51 percent of employees said they’re less productive at their jobs because of stress. A Forbes report estimates a loss of $300 billion annually related to stress, across all industries.

But look on the bright side, even though you’ve been ordered to learn something new or do extra work, Swartz advises you to put the new skills on your resume and tap into a new career.

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