Employees Overwhelmed by Workloads

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-25-2014 Email

It may seem ironic on the surface, but the reality remains that technology consumes our time—even though it's supposed to make us more efficient. This extends to the workplace, where employees are putting in increased hours, with the ubiquitous state of connectivity contributing to the situation, according to a new survey from PGi. The vast majority of professionals work more than 40 hours a week while taking work home. They frequently eat at their desks, and depend upon a range of automated tools to streamline task time. And CIOs should understand that this lifestyle is taking a toll, and to help their employees learn how to disconnect in the interest of work-life balance. "As mobile technology evolves and workloads increase, the traditional 40-hour work week is giving way to a new reality for workers: longer hours and increased stress from constant connectivity," says Sean O'Brien, executive vice president of strategy and communications for PGi. Interestingly enough, most of these workers would not do away with one often-criticized corporate tradition—those inescapable and often insufferable office meetings—to save themselves some hours. More than 600 workers took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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