WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The economy may be moving in the right direction, but Americans are more stressed than ever.
"You get out of your job what put into it. If you allow yourself to be stressed you're going to be stressed. Me? Just coast," said Francis Bizon of Chicopee.
If you're someone who leaves work - and all thoughts of it - in the cubicle, well you're one of the lucky ones. A new survey from Everest College shows 83 percent of Americans are stressed out by at least one thing at work - and that's up 10 percent since last year.
Low pay and unreasonable work load were tied for first place as the biggest causes of stress. Other factors to make the list included annoying coworkers, not having a job in a desired field, or the fear of being laid off.
"I'm a mechanic so if it's slow we don't get paid because we're flat rate. That's a big bummer for us," said Adalberto Perez of Springfield.
Even though plenty of signs point to a slowly improving economy, many employees are still doing more work with fewer resources for the same pay, as a result of the recession. That stress doesn't just impact health and personal life, but it can also take a toll on the way you perform the job that causes the stress in the first place.
As for those 17 percent of people who aren't stressed on the job, don't be too envious of them; it doesn't necessarily mean they're living worry-free.
"I got two teenage kids so there's almost more stress in that. I look at work as a time to relax a little bit," said Brian Rosenkranz of East Longmeadow.