3.10.2006

RANT: How we work more to accomplish less

via News.Yahoo - Most U.S. workers say they feel rushed on the job, but they are getting less accomplished than a decade ago, according to newly released research... The biggest culprit is the technology that was supposed to make work quicker and easier, experts say. "Technology has sped everything up and, by speeding everything up, it's slowed everything down, paradoxically,"... "We never concentrate on one task anymore. You take a little chip out of it, and then you're on to the next thing," Challenger said on Wednesday. "It's harder to feel like you're accomplishing something." Unlike a decade ago, U.S. workers are bombarded with e-mail, computer messages, cell phone calls, voice mails and the like, research showed...

A decade ago, 40 percent of workers called themselves very or extremely successful, but that number fell to just 28 percent. "We think we're faster, smarter, better with all this technology at our side and in the end, we still feel rushed and our feeling of productivity is down,"

Expectations that technology would save time and money largely haven't been borne out in the workplace... "It just increases the expectations that people have for your production,"... Even if productivity increases, it's constantly outpaced by those expectations... "The irony is the very expectation of getting more done is getting in the way of getting more done," he said. "People are stressed out."...

Businesses that have moved to 24-hour operations, bosses who micro-manage and longer commutes all add to the problem, they said, while downsizing leaves fewer workers doing the work of those who left.

Finally, there's a trend among companies to measure job performance like never before, said Challenger. "There's a sense that no matter how much I do, it's never enough," he said.

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