What Connecticut Workers Fear the Most

64% of American Workers Share This Job-Related Fear


What gives Connecticut workers the heebie-jeebies? We surveyed 100 people from Connecticut to get the answer. As it turns out, this small state has some big fears—but things you might expect, like incompetent bosses and ancient software, didn’t even rank.

So what do Connecticuters fear in the workplace?  

Turns out, it’s all about the Benjamins . . . maybe.

Connecticut’s compensation consternation

More than anything else, Connecticut workers worry about getting adequately compensated for their work. That fear isn’t unique (31 other states list it as their top fear). But is it legitimate?

For reference, Connecticut has an average household income of $73,433—over $10,000 more than the national average of $61,372.1,2

Take, for example, Connecticut’s most common industry: more Connecticut employees work in office and administrative support than in any other field. Connecticut jobs in this field have a mean annual wage of $43,810.3 Again, that’s almost $10,000 more than the $34,740 nationwide mean wage for office and administrative support roles.4

Of course, individual roles will have different salaries, and salaries vary from company to company. An executive assistant from Hartford, CT could absolutely make far less than one from Charleston, WV, so these numbers alone don’t mean Connecticut workers shouldn’t worry about their wages.

Besides, those salary numbers don’t account for cost of living. As any Connecticuter who’s bought a home knows, Connecticut has a higher cost of living than the national average. Most of the difference comes from Connecticut’s health, home, and transportation costs—all of which exceed the national cost of living.5

Connecticut cost of living vs. the national average
Cost of living factorConnecticut scoreNational score
Median home cost$236,100$216,200

Let’s go back to those salary numbers: Connecticut’s average salary equates to 120% of the national average salary. But when you consider that Connecticut’s cost of living comes out to just under 120% of the national cost of living, those higher salaries don’t go so far.

No wonder Connecticut worries about salary just as much as other states.

Other Connecticutian concerns

While Connecticut workers feared low compensation more than anything else, wages were far from the only thing on their minds. Worries of job loss and work overload came close behind.

In fact, of the eight fears identified in our study, Connecticuters had higher rates of concern than the nation at large in all but two categories: discrimination and physical assault by coworkers.

Connecticut’s workplace fears
FearPercentage of concerned Connecticut workersPercentage of concerned national workers
Lack of compensation/ reward44%41%
Losing my job41%38%
Work overload38%37%
Discrimination by coworkers30%33%
Being bullied by coworkers27%26%
Limited maternity/ paternity leave27%23%
Being sexually harassed or assaulted by coworkers26%24%
Being physically assaulted by coworkers22%24%

When asked about all of these workplace fears, 20% of Connecticuters said they’d experienced one or more of these issues in their lifetimes; of those, 51% reported experiencing one or more within the past year.

Facing your fears

So what’s a worried Connecticut worker to do?

If concerns about too-low pay keep you up at night, you can always negotiate your salary. Switching jobs can also provide a big salary boost.6 Plus, a job switch could help you get away from nasty coworkers or difficult workloads, thereby addressing many of Connecticuters’ other workplace fears.

(And of course, we here at Business.org humbly suggest that starting your own business can help you escape many of these work-related fears.)

However you decide to face your fears in the workplace, remember you’re not alone; plenty of Connecticut workers are right there with you.

Hey Connecticuters—do you think these workplace worries are well-founded, or are they baseless fears? Tell us what you think in the comments below!  

Our methodology

We conducted our study in partnership with Lux. All information was gathered via phone and email surveys. We spoke with 100 people from each state for a total of 5,000 participants.