Workers Are Stressed, Overworked, Underappreciated
A significant number of American workers are feeling constant—even chronic—stress at work. They say they're underappreciated and underpaid for all that they do, and they believe that managers aren't listening to their input. These and other recent survey findings from the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence suggest that modern corporations are at risk for encountering major employee disengagement issues. And that's bad for the bottom line, as research indicates that engaged employees are more productive, produce better work and remain more loyal to their companies than unhappy workers. Of course, workload contributes greatly to the problem, but so does a lack genuine concern among bosses about the need for workers to maintain adequate work-life balance. "When employers acknowledge that employees have responsibilities and lives outside of work, they can take steps to promote a good work-life fit and help individuals better manage multiple demands," says David Ballard, head of the center. "Forward-thinking organizations are applying new technologies that help shift work from 'somewhere we go from 9 to 5' to 'something we do that is meaningful and creates value.'" More than 1,500 U.S. employees took part in the research.