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OVERWORKED, OVERWHELMED,
OVER-CONNECTED
DURING THE RECESSION
BUSINESSES HAD TO DO
MORE WITH LESS. THE
RESULT WAS MORE WORK,
MORE RESPONSIBILITIES
AND MORE HOURS
T...
THE OVERWHELMED
EMPLOYEE
What does it mean?
-
-
-
Why does it matter?
Employees can’t
find what they need
Concentration le...
Being overworked
and overwhelmed is
a serious barrier to
creativity
‘Busy’ has become a
badge of honour
Are employers
doin...
Simplify the
workplace
Assess time against
value
Create small teams Simplify employee
systems
HOW TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
FOR ...
Implement regular
breaks
Offer flexibility
Make time for
‘nothing’
Create physical
spaces for breaks
HOW TO MAKE LIFE EASI...
An adage of the
digital age is
‘always be
connected’
The solution is
complex
Sources
IN SUMMARY
Austin Benn - Overwhelmed Employee White Paper
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During the recession, businesses had to do more with less. For employees, the consequences were very predictable: more work, more responsibilities and more hours.
As we’ve pulled away from recession, many of those responsibilities have remained. Being stressed has become the norm, and being busy has become a badge of honour.
But today’s employees aren’t only overworked; they’re overwhelmed. That’s primarily because of technology, and the incessant flow of information from a variety of channels.

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Austin Benn - Overwhelmed Employee White Paper

  1. 1. OVERWORKED, OVERWHELMED, OVER-CONNECTED
  2. 2. DURING THE RECESSION BUSINESSES HAD TO DO MORE WITH LESS. THE RESULT WAS MORE WORK, MORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND MORE HOURS The aim of this whitepaper
  3. 3. THE OVERWHELMED EMPLOYEE What does it mean? - - - Why does it matter? Employees can’t find what they need Concentration levels are at an all-time low Overwhelmed means less productive
  4. 4. Being overworked and overwhelmed is a serious barrier to creativity ‘Busy’ has become a badge of honour Are employers doing enough to combat the problem? The short answer is no This represents a huge challenge to business leaders, but also, a huge opportunity. OVERWHELMED MEANS LESS CREATIVE
  5. 5. Simplify the workplace Assess time against value Create small teams Simplify employee systems HOW TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE OVERWHELMED EMPLOYEE
  6. 6. Implement regular breaks Offer flexibility Make time for ‘nothing’ Create physical spaces for breaks HOW TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE OVERWHELMED EMPLOYEE
  7. 7. An adage of the digital age is ‘always be connected’ The solution is complex Sources IN SUMMARY

During the recession, businesses had to do more with less. For employees, the consequences were very predictable: more work, more responsibilities and more hours. As we’ve pulled away from recession, many of those responsibilities have remained. Being stressed has become the norm, and being busy has become a badge of honour. But today’s employees aren’t only overworked; they’re overwhelmed. That’s primarily because of technology, and the incessant flow of information from a variety of channels.

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