-“I’m too stressed out at work, Doctor….And when I finally go home, I can’t relax!”

That complaint is heard again and again in the modern medical practices. After a grueling day at the office or the factory—yes they still do exist in the United States of America after all the de-localization to third world countries—the patient cannot relax in her own home.

In a 2012 annual stress survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) 65% of Americans cited their principal work as a major source of stress in their lives; only 37% of Americans surveyed said they were doing an excellent or very good job managing their work related-stress.

The most commonly mentioned workplace stressors were the following:

  1. Low salaries
  2. Excessive workloads
  3. Few opportunities for growth and advancement
  4. Work that isn’t engaging or challenging
  5. Not having enough control over job-related decisions

A stressful work environment can produce acute symptoms like epigastric pain, headaches, sleep and mood disorders or chronic diseases like obesity, hypertension and psychiatric disturbances—like the emotional frustration. To make matters worse, stressed-out people tend to eat unhealthily and/or too much, besides being prone to abuse alcohol and other toxic substances.

The phenomenon of emotional frustration at work also involves the new Information Age industries that supposedly offer more benefits to highly skilled and educated workers.

Dan Lyons claims that the prevailing start-up techno companies’ policy of treating their workers as if they were disposable widgets is spreading beyond the entrepreneurial Silicon Valley to more traditional companies as well. He says that the much-touted model of “enlightnment” and ”forward thinking” is just a rehash of an old capitalist axiom: the exploitation of workers’ labor by a privileged minority that keeps most of the profits.

What would Marx and Engels think about the manic tapping of those keyboards?

Would they consider the modern cubicle as a ruthless exploitation of manual labor?

Will the exploited tappers of the world finally wake up and unite to demand Justice?

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

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