Overworked? Nah, That’s Just Feedback Meaning Your Contributions Are Important!

Do you think employees want less work instead of more? Are they happier when they are goofing off than when they working hard?

Many bosses might think that their workers are happiest doing nothing, but a survey released recently by the attitude-research company Sirota indicates that employees who are busy, even those with too much work to do, are more contented than those with little or no work to do.

According to Sirota, this indicates that most employees want to do something and not just get by on their jobs. These findings are based on a survey of 203,000 employees at various companies.

The findings:

  • Those who rated their job satisfaction at an average of 37 out of a possible 100 were those with “much too little work to do,” according to the survey. These were the least happy workers.
  • Workers who had “just the right amount of work” rated their overall satisfaction at 68 out of 100.
  • Workers who had “much too much work” averaged 52 out of a possible 100 in job satisfaction.

Sirota’s findings indicate that “Overworked people, in a sense, are getting feedback from the organization that their contributions are important,” according to a company statement.

Are you overworked? Or do you love the positive “feedback”?

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Christian Harris is editor and publisher of BCW. Christian has over 20 years' publishing experience and in that time has contributed to most major IT magazines and Web sites in the UK. He launched BCW in 2009 as he felt there was a need for honest and personal commentary on a wide range of business computing issues. Christian has a BA (Hons) in Publishing from the London College of Communication.