Employees hate work because they feel like they don't have control over their lives, began Jody Thompson, founder of Culturerx, during her opening keynote address at the 2013 Workplace Benefits Summit in New Orleans. She told an audience of more than 800 benefit professionals and advisers that, put simply, "work sucks."

Thompson argued that workforces still operate under an outdated structure where employees need to ask managers for permission over their schedule. "It's 2013, and we're still operating like it's 1952," she said.

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