Stress at work — Study Proves the Obvious

Study shows many in U.S. face a ‘pressured and hectic’ workplace

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile.

So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings:

» Nearly one in five workers — a share the study calls “disturbingly high” — say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying. Workers who have to face customers endure a disproportionate share of abuse.

 » Nearly 55 percent say they face “unpleasant and potentially hazardous” conditions.

» Nearly three quarters say they spend at least a fourth of their time on the job in “intense or repetitive physical” labor.

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