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Recession-Related Stress Still Frustrates Workers

Recession-Related Stress Still Frustrates Workers Credit: Stress level image via Shutterstock

The U.S. economic recession officially ended in June 2009, but it was far from over for many American workers. A new study by Florida State University found that nearly half of all employees are still dissatisfied and frustrated with their work as a result of the recession.

Conducted by business professor Wayne Hochwarter, the study revealed that, more than four years after the end of the recession, about 40 percent of workers are still distracted on the job by recession-related stress. Participants reported feeling isolated and pessimistic about the future of their companies, and experiencing career disappointment, job anxiety and burnout. Many also said they perceive their co-workers as overly political and self-serving.

"I view the recession as a traffic accident," said one survey respondent. "The crash may be over, but the car will never be the same, even after we did our best to fix it."

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About half of the survey respondents indicated that they are still working harder as a result of the recession, and are expected to do more with less. Thirty percent said that their job security remains lower than its prerecession level. Moreover, workers believe the management at their place of employment cuts them less slack (34 percent) and is stingier with resources (46 percent) than before the start of the recession.

Hochwarter encourages managers to be proactive and flexible in managing workers dealing with persistent levels of recession-related stress.

The study was based on a national survey of more than 600 blue- and white-collar workers in spring 2013.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Nicole Fallon

Nicole Fallon received her Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She began freelancing for Business News Daily in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. She currently serves as the assistant editor. Reach her by email, or follow her on Twitter.