According to a new report from the American Psychological Association (APA), U.S. workers feel stressed, unappreciated and unrecognized on the job.

May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month, which provides an extra opportunity for massage therapists to educate employers about the benefits of massage therapy to their workers.

The top five employee stressors, according to the report released in late March, are low salary, lack of opportunity for growth or advancement, too heavy a workload, unrealistic expectations and long hours.

Studies have shown that worksite wellness helps employers save money, and that high stress in the workplace can lead to employee burnout.

According to the APA study:

• More than one third (36 percent) of workers said they typically feel tense or stressed out during their workday

• Almost half (49 percent) of workers said low salary is significantly impacting their stress level at work.

• Twenty percent of workers report that their average daily level of stress from work is an 8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale.

Nearly two-thirds of employed adults report their employer has made some type of cut due to the recession, the report noted, with 64 percent reporting that their employer has made at least one cut.

“The most commonly reported cuts employers have made according to employed adults is laying off employees followed by reducing or eliminating bonuses, reducing or eliminating social activities, and increasing employee contribution towards health insurance costs,” the report noted. “For each cut listed, over half of those who indicated the cut was made report that the cut has not been reversed.”

Just 57 percent of workers reported being satisfied with their employer’s work-life practices, and 32 percent of workers indicated that they intend to seek employment elsewhere within the next year.

—Karen Menehan

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