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Reason _6:

Stress from Overwork and

Work-Life Imbalance

What my business

experience has taught me

is that the key to

competitiveness is

innovation, and the key to

innovation is people.

Taking care of people,

therefore, is an essential

way of taking care of

business.

The thing to remember is

that, for great workplaces,

there is no shortage of

talent. Companies that are

short on talent probably

deserve to be!

The fact of stress in corporate America is no surprise, but it is sobering to consider

all the things there are to be stressed about—overwork, personality

conflicts, forced overtime, disorganized supervisors, gossip, harassment,

prejudice, poor teamwork, manager abuse and insensitivity, other employ-

ees who don’t pull their weight, inflexible work hours, illness in the family,

child care, elder care, long commutes, sacrificing family dinners to stay late,

and the list goes on. The comments of Saratoga survey respondents are

poignant reminders of the frustration and conflict that takes its daily toll:

Doing More with Less

‘‘ABC Company does not recognize the employees that work hard

on a daily basis and take on extra responsibilities to compensate for

the lack of manpower.’’

‘‘XYZ Company does not employ enough staff. This results in high

stress and high turnover of employees.’’

They were not proactive in taking care of and keeping good employees.

I have watched too many good employees leave ABC Company

because they are not appreciated. The motto ‘Do more with less’ has

been taken to the extreme.

‘‘XYZ Company will go long periods of time without filling empty

positions. This puts massive amounts of stress on the employees and

product development is stifled.’’

Abuse/Harassment/Insensitivity

‘‘Does not deal well at all with sexual harassment and freaky, nasty

remarks made by other employees.’’

‘‘Management was the worst I have ever experienced in my fifteenyear

nursing career. I had a death in my family, and the time was

taken from my vacation time, that was incentive enough to start

looking for another job.’’

‘‘We’re not getting paid enough for the type of abuse we take from

the customers.’’