Tales From the Overworked

If your supervisor is unreceptive or difficult to approach, you can reach out for help from another superior at the company, someone with whom you can develop a mentoring relationship, she said.

If the workload remains overwhelming, she said, it may be time to start planning for another job. Even in this economy, attending night school, pursuing other forms of training and networking can help you find new work, Schade said.

"Focus on making a plan," she said.

Today's economy "makes people feel a lack of control and powerless," she said. "What you want people to do is get on top of it, because when you feel empowered, that's when you can take action and take care of yourself."

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