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Many Americans feel stressed and overworked, according to a recent Harris Interactive study, sponsored by Kronos Inc. Among those surveyed, 62 percent report having experienced an increase in job responsibilities in the last six months.

“While the economy has been sliding downward, worker productivity has inched upward,” said Joanne B. Ciulla, author of The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work. “The work ethic is alive and well but, after years of economic uncertainty, it is often a work ethic based on fear or necessity. Americans need a day to relax and enjoy the other things that life has to offer.”

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