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Americans Plan To Die At Their Desks

2 in 3 Americans now believe they'll never be able to stop working and retire.

This is the main finding of a new StrategyOne public opinion survey of 1,043 Americans. Among the other findings:

46% say their wages or salaries have been reduced over the last few years;

44% still worry about losing their jobs;

48% have had their work hours cut;

78% say they're working to live instead of living to work;

37% would describe themselves as underemployed.

So nearly 4 in 10 workers don't have enough work to do, which means they can't make ends meet, which in turn means they're more likely to access their already meager 401(k) savings, which means they're never going to stop working. Instead, they'll be showing up to the office with their walkers and hearing aids and telling their confused and annoyed young co-workers about the time they saw The Who or R.E.M. in concert. Then one day someone will bring a piece of birthday cake to Oldgeezerwhatshisorhername's cubicle in honor of co-worker so-and-so's "milestone" 25th birthday only to find Oldgeezerwhocantusemoderntechnology slumped over in his or her dark, dingy cubicle and, well, that's that. Glimpse the future folks!

You can access the full "Mindset Of the American Worker" study here.


  1. they can have my computer mouse when they pry it from my cold dead hands...

  2. I'm not giving up my coffee cup collection without a fight, or my stapler.


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