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    American workers are more stressed, less appreciated than ever: study
    BY Meredith Engel
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Sunday, September 6, 2015, 2:00 AM
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    Job insecurity — feeling like you could lose your gig at the drop of a hat — increases the odds of someone admitting to poor health by about 50%, according to a Stanford and Harvard poll.
    Happy Labor Day, American worker! You're more stressed, less paid, less healthy and less appreciated than ever.

    Only about a third of employees are happy on the job, according to the most recent numbers from Gallup and the Families and Work Institute. The FWI study, from May, showed that more than half of us felt overworked or overwhelmed at least sometimes.

    "There's such a demand for instant results, it's a relentless pace of work," FWI president Ellen Galinsky tells the Daily News.

    Technology has given us the freedom to work remotely and when we want, but it's also adding to our workload. A quarter of us work 50 or more hours a week, and 22% work six or seven days a week, the FWI poll found.

    And yet for all that time on the clock, we're not as productive. The Labor Department says productivity inched up in some industries last year - but it has basically been flat since 2009.

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    Wages have been stagnant for the past 35 years, according to the Economic Policy Institute, despite a 64% rise in productivity over the same period.
    We're also earning less: Wages have been stagnant for the past 35 years, according to the Economic Policy Institute, despite a 64% rise in productivity over the same period. Hourly wages dropped at almost every level between 2013 and 2014, and those with college or advanced degrees felt it the most, the institute said.

    Last year, a Rutgers survey also found that 42% of Americans had salaries and savings that were higher before the recession.

    We may be living longer because we're no longer out in the fields and factories, but the modern workplace has hardly improved our health. Job insecurity — feeling like you could lose your gig at the drop of a hat — increases the odds of someone admitting to poor health by about 50%, according to a Stanford and Harvard poll. Stressful work environments raise the odds of having a doctor diagnose you with an illness by 35%. Even just working long hours can increase your risk of mortality by 20%. Workplace stress, the authors deemed, is about as dangerous as second-hand smoke.

    Union membership is on the decline — from 20% of American workers in 1983 to 11% today — which could mean a number of things. It could be that our jobs are taking better care of us, eliminating the need for unions in the first place. Or it could be that employers are just hiring more non-labor positions.

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    A quarter of us work 50 or more hours a week, and 22% work six or seven days a week, the FWI poll found.
    Surprisingly, all our extra efforts may not even boost the bottom line, because when employees are physically or emotionally spent, they ring up doctor's charges and send premiums soaring. Training new employees is another major cost to employers.

    It's not helping us work any better either — research suggests that on-the-job stress contributes to poor performance, too. It's even rubbing off on our kids: Another Economic Policy Institute study says that children of parents who work irregular shifts are more likely to have thinking and behavior problems than kids of parents who clock in consistently.

    A simple "thank you" would be nice, but many workers don't get one. A Monster.com poll of workers and job seekers recently found that 90% of Americans occasionally feel underappreciated on the job-and nearly 50% say they never feel appreciated.

    That could be because of a fundamental shift in our work culture: Years ago, workers could be expected to stay at one job for 40 years, but now it's seen as career suicide not to move around every few years, says career coach Samantha Ettus. But when both bosses know that workers are not in it for the long-haul, they often stop caring about them. And vice-versa.

    Stressful work environments raise the odds of having a doctor diagnose you with an illness by 35%.
    "It gives everyone a feeling of uneasiness," says Ettus. "The goal is to find those places that really do care about employee retention. When you're looking for your next job, you want to prioritize the culture of the company perhaps even over the salary."

    Independent contractors, temps, freelancers and self-employed are especially at risk, and that's daunting considering that in five years, nearly half of Americans will hold such benefit-free careers, often paid hourly and at uncertain periods depending on service demand, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich wrote in the Baltimore Sun last week. Nearly a quarter of those workers aren't sure they'll have enough money in the future — up from 15% a decade ago.

    "I work at least 60 hours a week," said Lois Sanborn, a publicist who runs her own firm. "But since my brain is always going and I'm available during most of my waking hours, we could easily tack on another five to 10 hours per week."

    If there’s any hope for the future, it lies with millennials, says one expert.

    "Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce, and boomers are nearing retirement," says Lindsey Pollak, author of "Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders." "My hope is that the millennials find a new work style. The old way is not going to be the way to the future."

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    And yet we keep pushing on.
     
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    i wonder if howard is working tomorrow
     
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