Weight of the Workload

"I'm stressed out." "This job is so stressful."

We say it all the time and feel it, too -- whether our discomfort stems from a tight deadline, a nasty customer or a big promotion. But the main source of job-related stress these days comes from our workload, a new survey shows.

Nearly half of the employees surveyed at 1,000 employers by ComPsych Corp., a major provider of employee assistance programs, cited workload as the main source of their job stress. The cause tops people issues (cited by 28 percent of those polled) and juggling work and personal life (19 percent).

Overall, two-thirds of workers say they have high stress levels, causing them "extreme fatigue" or to feel that work is "out of control," and one-third report missing three to six days of work a year because of job-related anxieties.

Businesses are taking note. Serenity Day Spa in Tenleytown, for example, will open earlier and close later, adding hours starting Nov. 1 so clients can squeeze in a facial or massage before or after work.

And don't worry about the massage therapists' workloads or stress. Spa director Ashley Kehoe said most work four days a week.

-- Vickie Elmer