How Tech Teams Help Overworked Employees

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-16-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Tech Teams Help Overworked Employees

    Providing access to the latest tech tools to help employees do their jobs more efficiently is one way IT teams can help unburden overstressed workers.
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    Burnout
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    Burnout

    Half of employees feel overworked, and 65% said workplace stress impacts them—to the point where 15% have taken a stress-related leave of absence.
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    Weekly Grind
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    Weekly Grind

    46% said they either "usually" or "always" work more than 40 hours per week.
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    45% said they need to work after "normal" hours to complete tasks that they didn't finish during the workday, and 19% said they do so to get ahead for the following day.
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    78% said taking a break makes them feel more productive at work.
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    74% said their employer does not give them access to the latest tech to help them do their job more efficiently and effectively.
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    Top Ways for Employers to Improve Workplace Happiness

    Increase salaries: 67%, Boost morale: 53%, Recognize accomplishments: 48%, Making employees feel that they've been heard: 42%, Provide more flexibility: 35%
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    56% of employees said loud co-workers distract them from doing their best work, and 47% said an influx of "people coming to talk" to them does this.
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    40% said email creates distractions which keep them from doing their best work, and 34% cite meetings as a cause of these distractions.
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    83% said having a well-stocked break room leads to happier employees, and 56% said it makes workers more productive.
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    73% said they consider the eco-friendliness of an office in making employment decisions, at least to some degree.
 

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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