Overburdening Employees - An Alternate Perspective on High Paying Jobs

Posted in Human Resources Articles, Total Reads: 2041 , Published on 13 August 2013
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Ever since an adolescent understands their own areas of interest and expertise, they sub-conciously start planning for their career goals. During their higher education, they pursue courses and subjects which best suits their interests and helps them build the foundation for the skills required to excel in a particular field. After getting recruited by a "dream company" of their own liking, their motivation to learn, contribute and deliver to the organisation is at the highest. However, at times the real scenario is completely different from the perception that an individual has. Sometimes, the stress of work is so much that it becomes an epicentre of issues related to worklife balance. And one of the most critical demotivating factors for employees is the feeling of being overburdened with work, leaving them with even no breathing space.

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In the current economic conditions, every sector is undergoing a dynamic change, which constantly changes the requirements of an organisation. This inturn filters down to extra work for the employees. Add to that, constant changes in cost structures that lead to #laying off of employees which further adds to the workload of employees. Such a situation leaves no personal life for the employee, causing stress-related issues, lack of sleep and ultimately leads to constant demotivation and degradation in the quality of work.


In some sectors, specially investment banking, the pressure on the staff to deliver is tremendous. And with fluctuating market scenarios and recessions, the task only gets tougher. From a company's perspective, it becomes essential for them to push their employees a mile extra so that they can meet the client expectations and stay afloat in the industry. However, in doing so, they lose the faith and trust of their own workforce, who after giving so much to their organisation either get payed below expectation or are shown the exit door.


Such bad is the cut-throat competition in some industries, that employees have to work 6 days a week and an average of 16 to 18 hours a day! And such a rigorous regime is not only physically and mentally draining, but also causes emotional stress to the employees.


Employees feel betrayed and cheated that despite their constant efforts, they don't get time to dedicate to families and friends. The worklife balance of such employees is totally skewed towards work. Long hours in office more often than not reduces the employ efficiency as well as cause health issues sitting in front of their laptops in a sitting position for long hours. And no amount of money can motivate the employees to slog out like a slave every day.


Taking a short term perspective, it may happen that companies have to push their employees a little bit extra. At these times employees too understand the need to increase their contribution. However, making an employee work daily round-the-clock by overburdening him with extra work, leaving no room for personal life and not recognising their efforts would only lead to more turbulent times for the company. Employee motivation would go down, company performance would be affected, attrition and layoffs would increase, work burden would again increase and this vicious cycle would further erode the working environment.


With competition in every industry seemingly increasing every minute, it is very crucial how companies manage their human resources, as ultimately it is these set of individuals who hold the key for a brighter future for the organization.



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