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Contact: Erin Brownfield,
Families and Work Institute (212) 465-2044 x210
Raymond G. Lewis,
PricewaterhouseCoopers (312) 701-2297
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAJOR NEW STUDY, FEELING OVERWORKED: WHEN WORK BECOMES TOO MUCH,
FROM FAMILIES AND WORK INSTITUTE AND SUPPORTER PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS
TO BE RELEASED TODAY
Study finds that nearly
1/3 of U.S. employees often or very often feel overworked
or overwhelmed by how much work they have to do; 70% report
that they often dream about doing something different from
their current job. Probes how technology affects feeling
overworked, and finds these employees are more likely to
feel angry or resentful at work, and to look for a new job.
NEW YORK, May 16, 2001-Feeling Overworked: When Work
Becomes Too Much, a major new study from Families
and Work Institute and supporter PricewaterhouseCoopers,
will be released today, May 16, at The Conference Board/Families
and Work Institute's Work-Life 2001 Conference: "Recasting
Change-Using Work-Life to Meet the Challenges of the 21st
Century" in New York City.
study provides an in-depth look at job and workplace factors
that contribute to American workers feeling overworked, and
finds that more than half of employees report suffering from
these feelings some of the time.
The study also investigates how these feelings are linked
to job performance, personal and family life, and health.
The study provides answers to many questions that many of
us have wondered about. A few examples:
· What percentage of employees use technology
for work reasons during non-work hours
and what percentage report that they are required by their
employers to always be accessible?
· Which workers feel most overworked?
· What percentage of employees does not use all
of the vacation they are entitled to?
· How do downsizing and hiring difficulties contribute
to feeling overworked?
· How does feeling overworked affect issues such
as health and relationships, sleeplessness,
workplace anger and resentment?
Feeling Overworked: When Work Becomes Too Much was
designed and conducted by Families and Work Institute with
support from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Authors of the study
are FWI President Ellen Galinsky, Senior Research Associate
Stacy S. Kim and Director of Work-life Research James T. Bond.
Harris Interactive administered the survey to a nationally
representative sample of 1,003 employees 18 and older.
Says Ellen Galinsky, "We believe that Feeling Overworked is
the first study to define and shine a light on the feeling
of being overworked and how that affects job performance,
retention, safety, and personal well-being and relationships.
This study suggests that many American employees are near
the breaking point-we hope that this will be the clarion call
that brings the issue of overwork to the attention of business
leaders and policy-makers throughout the country, and we appreciate
PricewaterhouseCoopers' support in bringing this issue to
CarltonYearwood, Director-Diversity and WorkLife Quality,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, says, "We are delighted to partner
with Families and Work Institute on this study of major significance
to US business. We believe the implications of this study
are significant. The fact that so many employees report feeling
overworked is a warning sign that it is important to constantly
reassess and recalibrate how we treat people in the workplace.
This study shows that the consequences of overwork for workplace
safety, job performance and staff retention are clear and
The study will be presented at 9:45 a.m. in the opening session
of at The Conference Board/Families and Work Institute's Work-Life
2001 Conference: Recasting Change-Using Work-Life to Meet
the Challenges of the 21st Century in New York City. Members
of the press are invited to attend the Work-Life 2001 Conference
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A copy of the conference agenda is available at the Conference
Board's Web site, www.conference-board.org.
To request a copy of Feeling Overworked: When Work Becomes
Too Much, please contact Erin Brownfield, email@example.com,
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