In Focus: Here’s Why We Feel Overworked and Stressed-Out

By Dana Wilkie Sep 14, 2015

The secret to job contentment and productivity is really, really simple ...

According to a CNN story, you just put in long hours every day, check work e-mails ‘round the clock and do more with less, year after year. “That's it,” writes CNN. “That's the secret, according to findings from ... no study ever.” (CNN)

It wasn’t always this way ...

Survey after survey reveals that today’s employees feel more stressed and overworked than employees of decades past. How can that be? (SHRM Online)

And it doesn’t help when workaholics are rewarded ...

Many managers don’t walk the work/life balance talk. What are employees to think when they hear that they should leave the job behind at day’s end and unplug during vacation, but see that long hours and “working vacations” are rewarded with promotions and higher pay? (SHRM Online)

... Or when your stressed-out boss stresses you out ...

A boss who may have once been known to lead with emotional intelligence, build a great team and motivate people is now a grumpy, cynical, anxious person--because she's stressed out. She hovers over you or, worse, disappears when you need her most. (Harvard Business Review)

… Or when technology backfires ...

While some studies show that mobile communication technologies can improve work/family balance and make work more interesting, other studies suggest that they can also increase workload, stress and work/family conflict. (SHRM Foundation Research)

But maybe there’s hope ...

Human resource experts say Amazon could use the recent exposé on its working conditions as a very public employee engagement survey, analyzing workers’ feedback and using that information to improve Amazon’s culture. (SHRM Online)


Dana Wilkie is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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