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Job Doc

When the boss demands more with less

Q. I am gainfully employed. Most think I am lucky to have a job. In reality though, I am overwhelmed almost all of the time. In 2008 and 2009, my employer laid off many employees. We have rehired a few, but we are working very long hours and our chief executive believes we should be available all the time. I was at a funeral last week, and he knew I was at a funeral. He called four times. The stress level at my company is through the roof. I have had colleagues walk out the door without another job lined up, because they could not handle it any more. Is this common?

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