By RICHARD HEARTSMANSource: Reuters| February 04, 2018 09:21:51More than half a century ago, a doctor told me I could stop my bladder from filling with urine and stop my blood pressure dropping if I did.
But now, my doctor would probably tell me I’d never have to go through that again.
The idea of quitting a job, or at least being less productive while doing it, is a growing theme for many workers in the United States.
A recent study from the RAND Corporation, a private research firm, shows that there are about 2.7 million fewer Americans working in 2017 than in 1990, which is down about 6% from a peak of 9.7m workers in 1991.
A new RAND study published last week found that a large share of Americans, 57%, said they felt that they had the time to devote to other activities while working.
And they’re not alone.
The study, conducted by RAND researchers, looked at data from 2,500 people, and found that 57% of respondents said they’d been “very productive” while working, compared to 52% who said they were “somewhat productive”.
“The reality is that there is no such thing as too much time,” says Michael Rabinowitz, the co-author of the study.
Rabinowitz and his colleagues have also found that Americans are much less likely to report that they’re “satisfied” with their jobs than their colleagues.
And even if people are working, there’s a good chance they’re working too little.
About half of American workers say they’re satisfied with their work, according to a survey of 1,500 workers conducted by the Economic Policy Institute last year.
That’s a slight increase from 2012, when just 35% said they’re dissatisfied with their job.
“There’s a huge difference between being satisfied and being satisfied with the amount of work you’re doing,” says Rabinowksi.
Workers have also been getting more motivated to get more done.
In a 2016 survey of 2,300 workers, the authors found that half of those surveyed said they had been “extremely motivated” or “very motivated” to get things done, compared with 37% in 2016.
This year, nearly half of all Americans surveyed said that they would be “very” or very “motivated” to work overtime in the future, up from 44% in 2020.
And a recent study found that people who work in occupations that require little or no overtime are more likely to be “socially disengaged”, as opposed to disengaged workers who feel that they “should be doing more”.
There’s also been a rise in work-related injuries in recent years, which have seen an explosion in the use of epidurals and other painkillers.
An analysis from the University of Pittsburgh found that epiduralles are linked to an increase in the risk of lower back pain, while painkillers, including codeine, are associated with an increased risk of hip pain.
Workplace injuries also rose sharply in the US last year, as employers responded to an opioid epidemic and the financial crisis.
Work-related fatalities increased by 2.2% in 2017 compared with 2016, and those caused by injuries rose by 9.1%.
The rise in workplace injuries comes despite the fact that a study published in February 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that about one in five workers had been injured in a work- related injury, including work-specific injuries, and more than half of workers said they would seek medical help if they felt they needed help.
Worker suicides have also risen in recent decades, with the number of Americans committing suicide jumping from 5.2 million in 1989 to 12.2.4 million in 2017, a rise of more than 25% in the past decade.
Rabbi Steven D. Cohen, a professor at Temple University who studies the Jewish community’s response to the crisis, told Newsweek that while the numbers are not necessarily the same, he believes the rise in suicide rates is likely related to the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009, as well as the rise of social media and other online platforms that facilitate online communication.
In recent years there has been an increase of people seeking help in their own homes.
There’s been an increased use of community support groups.
There are people that have been seeking help online, whether it be a suicide hotline, or a helpline for depression or anxiety.
There’s been a real spike in people going to see their mental health professionals, Cohen said.
There are also a lot of people that are in the workforce and are seeking treatment for their mental illness.
There is a surge in the number that have sought mental health services for mental illness, Cohen added.
A lot of these people, I think, are seeking help, or they are not seeking it in the traditional way, which has been very supportive.
They may be experiencing a lot more