Most workers stressed out at workNews added by Benefits Pro on September 4, 2012

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By Kathryn Mayer

Workers just can’t seem to stay happy.

A survey from Harris Interactive shows about three in four Americans are stressed at work.

The reasons are abundant: the highest stress source is low income (11 percent), followed by annoying co-workers (10 percent); commuting (9 percent); workload (9 percent); and a job outside a chosen career (8 percent).

The workers who reported not having stress at work were those in the highest household income bracket, bringing in more than $100,000 annually.

There’s one piece of good news: Workers are less worried about losing their job than in recent years, the poll notes. Only 4 percent said their biggest stress was fear of losing their job, down from 9 percent in 2011. Low income also topped stressors for last year.

“Anxiety among employees reduces productivity, lessens job satisfaction, lowers morale and has a negative impact on health. Workplace stress costs U.S. employers billions, and it's critical that both employer and employee take action to reduce this epidemic,” he said.

"Whether you've been in a career for 20 years or are just starting out, stay current on new trends, learn practical skills and consider choosing a field of study that will translate into a job in a growth industry like health care.”

About 900 employees were surveyed from June 21 to July 1.

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