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by Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissel Mango, AIR staff

Thanks to a breakthrough research report and press release, we now know that Americans who work long hours feel more overworked than do Americans who work short hours.

Work, Work, Work

The report is called "Feeling Overworked: When Work Becomes Too Much." The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) calls it "a major new study by the Families and Work Institute (FWI), with support from PricewaterhouseCoopers." SHRM nicely encapsulates the study's major findings:

Forty-five percent of employees who work 50 or more hours per week, for example, experience high levels of feeling overworked compared with only 6 percent of those who work fewer than 20 hours a week....

Forty-four percent of those who work more hours than they would like, compared to 26 percent of those who do not want to work fewer hours, experience high levels of feeling overworked.

These are startling numbers.

Dream, Dream, Dream

The report contains another, equally startling, finding:
70% [of US employees] report that they often dream about doing something different from their current job.

Read, Read, Read

The report also has other, equally interesting numbers, statements, and punctuation. You can read them yourself. The press release contains this invitation:

To request a copy of Feeling Overworked: When Work Becomes Too Much, please contact Erin Brownfield, <>, 212-465-2044 x210.

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