Posted on 4 December 2013
Employers step in to prevent worker burnout
Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.
This surge in corporate beneficence isn't an indication that employers are becoming kinder and gentler: It's about the bottom line. After years in which the ease of instant communication via e-mail and smartphones allowed bosses to place greater and greater demands on white-collar workers, some companies are beginning to set limits, recognizing that successful employees must be able to escape from work.
Job-crafting creates satisfaction
For a conscientious employee, not having enough to do can be just as worrisome as too much work.
Newly appointed manager Annie found her team required minimal input and wisely decided not to micro-manage them. But that left a problem. Annie's days involved checking in with the team, meeting with the chief executive officer and the other managers. This only took a few hours and she had plenty of time to herself.
Posted on 3 December 2013
Employee resilience 'has significant impact on organisations
Employee resilience has a significant impact on organisational engagement, high performance and well-being, a University of Canterbury research study has found.
Dr Joana Kuntz, Dr Katharina Näswall and Dr Sanna Malinen have formed the Employee Resilience Research Group at UC to collaborate with New Zealand-based organisations to assess how employees handle challenges in the workplace and look at their general levels of wellbeing.