Workers are finding it more difficult to remain optimistic at work as they are forced to pickup a greater share of the workload and inflation outstrips minimal pay hikes.

For many employers and employees in the U.S., it can be difficult to be optimistic at work as many have to fulfill the duties of their recently unemployed counterparts, according to Fox Business.

Salary increase projections for 2012 are staying around 2 percent, the same as 2011. But inflation is at 2.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So even if a person gets a raise, inflation will eat it up and he won't see any of it, according to Fox Business. Productivity rates are also low nationally, growing at less than 1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 as a result of the sluggish economy, according to the BLS.

But there are some things people can do to stay motivated at work, according to the article. "When cash is short, people need to focus on the meaning of their roles," James Manktelow, productivity expert and CEO of leadership coaching at, told Fox Business. "If they can see how their work helps others, they can set stimulating, challenging, useful goals for themselves, and they can take real satisfaction when they achieve these goals."

With added responsibilities, employees should prioritize their time. Focusing on high value tasks will help workers to get their work load to the proper level, Manktelow told Fox Business.

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