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Blue-collar workers dish on the downsides of their jobs

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It’s easy for us cubicle and office dwellers to romanticize the joys of work done without a desk and keyboard. And indeed, employees who spend their workdays outside an office setting told CareerBuilder pollsters there’s lots to like about their jobs:

  • 68% liked the ability to stay more physically active
  • 54% enjoyed the variety in their workdays
  • 39% relished not having to get dressed up to go to work
  • 33% didn’t mind not having to deal with office politics.

But who are we kidding? There are downsides to work that doesn’t involve sitting down most of the day. When asked to identify shortcomings of their work environment, employees in non-desk jobs cited the following:

  • Physical exhaustion  35%
  • Workplace injury and illness  24%
  • Little recognition for efforts  17%
  • Out of the loop  15%
  • Less career mobility  11%
  • Less face-to-face interaction  9%

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