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Press Release
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.

The 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 the forefront."

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 direct."

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 free of charge. To register, please call Caroll Courter at 212.339.0232 or e-mail caroll.courter@conference-board.org. 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, ebrownfield@familiesandwork.org, 212-465-2044 x210.

PricewaterhouseCoopers is the world's leading professional services organization. Drawing on the knowledge and skills of more than 150,000 people in 150 countries, we help our clients solve complex business problems and measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance in an Internet-enabled world. PricewaterhouseCoopers refers to the member firms of the worldwide PricewaterhouseCoopers organization. (Note to editors: The name PricewaterhouseCoopers is one word, with upper case P, upper case C, and all other letters in lower case.)

Families and Work Institute is a non-profit center for research that provides data to inform decision-making on the changing workplace, changing family and changing community. Founded in 1989, FWI is known for ahead of the curve, non-partisan research into emerging work-life issues; for solutions-oriented studies addressing topics of vital importance to all sectors of society; and for fostering connections among workplaces, families, and communities. For more information, visit our Web site at www.familiesandwork.org.

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