As the summer temperatures have hit new highs this season, do your IT employees appear more frazzled than ever? A survey from CareerBuilder indicates that a large percentage of workers are reporting a high degree of stress, leading to feelings of burn out on the job. This is understandable. Thanks to the wealth of layoffs in recent years, workloads are heavier than ever. And this apparently won't end anytime soon, as many employers feel the current push for ever-greater productivity is a sustainable one. CareerBuilder offers a caution, however, to CIOs and other bosses who pursue this path to extremes. "The recession produced consequences for the many employees who were asked to work harder as a result of leaner staffs," says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "While getting more out of a smaller workforce is a sign of organizational agility during unpredictable times, it's hard to see such yields in productivity holding forever. Headcount will be needed to meet increasing demands." More than 2,660 hiring managers and nearly 5,300 workers took part in the research. Here are selected highlights:
26% of managers polled say their workers are less productive in the summer-despite the fact that, overall, they're doing more work than before the recession.
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