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America's Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted

Stress Management

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  • Workplace policies in the US still overwhelmingly favor a “male breadwinner-homemaker” family model, even though many households have two earners or women as the primary breadwinners
  • The antiquated 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act only protects hourly workers (who must be paid overtime once they hit 40 hours a week). There is no such protection for salaried workers, who presumably can be worked until they drop
  • The US lags far beyond most other developed countries in terms of work-life balance; the European Union, for instance, limits work hours by laws, while others require paid leave when children are born, fostered, or adopted
  • Companies can help relieve employee burnout by offering flexible hours, telecommute options, and wellness options in the workplace

By Dr. Mercola

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that stress costs American businesses $300 billion a year; and a Workplace Survey done by the American Psychological Association reported that many Americans suffer from chronic work-related stress.


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