Worker Stats – You Are Not The Only One

Having recently became aware of my rapidly deteriorating health, and rapidly diminishing mental vitality at the tender age of 24, that’s right, 24, I set out to find interesting statistics regarding the average American workforce, in our continuing blog effort to raise worker’s awareness of their working conditions and educate you on how you can be a happier, healthier member of your company.

  • In 2005, a psychiatrist at King’s College in London administered IQ tests to three groups: the first did nothing but perform the IQ test, the second was distracted by e-mail and ringing phones, and the third was stoned on marijuana. Not surprisingly, the first group did better than the other two by an average of 10 points. The e-mailers, on the other hands, did worse than the stoners by an average of 6 points.
  • 63% of all employees want to work less, up from 46% in 1992.
  • 26% of adult Americans report being on the verge of a serious nervous breakdown.
  • 40% of workers describe their office environment as “most like a real-life survivor program .
  • Only 14% of Americans take two weeks or more at a time for vacation. The average American therefore spends more time in the bathroom than on vacation.
  • 61% of Americans check email while on vacation.
  • 53% of employees would opt for a personal assistant rather than personal trainer.
  • 62% of workers routinely end the day with work-related neck pain, 44% report strained eyes, 38% complain of hand pain, and 34% report difficulty in sleeping due to work-related stress.
  • 88% of employees say they have a hard time juggling work and life .
  • 70% of working fathers and working mothers report they don’t have enough time for their children.

The above stats are courtesy of the wonderful author of the Four Hour Work Week

Stayed tuned this week as I will be blogging about ways to juggle work and life, since the staggering number of people who say they have trouble juggling life and work is begging for some sort of reconciliation.

3 thoughts on “Worker Stats – You Are Not The Only One”

  1. Lesley Brown says:

    I have to say I am not one of these people I work and work and work but on holiday I am exhausted and its all ME time!

  2. chris says:

    I agree with you in this context”staggering number of people who say they have trouble juggling life and work is begging for some sort of reconciliation.”

  3. hughe palmer says:

    Thanks, these are very interesting stats.

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