Employees Investing Longer Hours Compared to 5 Years Ago


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Employees are putting in longer hours than five years ago with nearly four in five executives said their organization’s employees spend more time on the job since the recession began in 2008. As many as two in three are spending “a great deal” more hours at work.

Do employees in your organization work longer hours than five years ago?

Yes, a great deal


Yes, somewhat              


Not really


Longer hours without a focus on engagement and motivation run the risk of driving disengagement. Employee engagement has been a longstanding focus for both HR and senior management. With streamlined operations, continued fiscal belt tightening, and a workforce that is disgruntled and overly stressed, engagement is receiving a heightened focus. Leaders are recognizing that in the Human Age, talent is the only source of sustainable competitive advantage.

“Leaders need to have courageous conversations with their employees to ensure better alignment between the work their people are doing and the company’s overall strategic objectives,” advised Matt Norquist, General Manager of Right Management’s northeast region, “There are times when deadlines or projects command longer hours, but leaders need to connect the intensity of workloads with dialogue that aligns the work with individual employees’ ambitions, and the organizations’ broader strategic objectives”.

There are also growing pressure on workers. The data shows they rarely leave their desk for lunch and respond to emails from the boss at all hours. They are not taking all their vacation time and when others are laid off, the work of these predecessors are shared by the remaining employees.

From: Right Management

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