How Tech Teams Help Overworked Employees

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-16-2016 Email

Most employees feel overworked or overstressed, to the point where a notable share have had to take a leave of absence to get away from these constant pressures, according to a recent survey from Staples Business Advantage. The resulting report, titled "Workplace Index 2016: The Guide to Keeping Employees Engaged, Happy and Motivated at Work," indicates that that many professionals work beyond a 40-hour week—often to complete tasks that they couldn't finish during normal hours. What would help, findings reveal, is access to the latest tech tools to help employees do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. These staffers could also benefit from better ways to manage distractions such as email. In addition, CIOs and other managers need to improve their "soft skills" to ensure an engaged workforce—especially when it comes to recognizing accomplishments and making team members feel that they've been heard. "Workers face a love/hate relationship with the office," according to the report. "It's where they're most productive, but burnout and stress remain prevalent. Employees say they're working longer hours simply to catch up on work they couldn't tackle during an eight-hour day. That workload is taking a toll." More than 3,100 U.S. and Canadian employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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