50% of Workers Bring Jobs Home Personal lives suffer for rich, educated By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jan 13, 2010 3:45 PM CST 11 comments Comments Half of America is taking its work home with it. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Nearly half of all American workers bring their work home, with many saying that it affects their family, social or leisure lives. Those worst affected are professionals, the wealthy, and the highly educated, reports Live Science. It’s “what we refer to as ‘the stress of higher status,’” says the lead researcher. While high status undoubtedly has benefits, “a downside is the greater likelihood of work interfering with personal life.” The survey, which included 1,800 workers, also found that people with college degrees tended to report greater disruptions in their home lives, as did those who worked more than 50 hours a week. And professionals reported more interference than any other class of worker.