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Will working longer hours ever end?

Published: Monday, Oct. 21 2013 2:35 p.m. MDT

In several of its surveys, Right Management, a part of ManpowerGroup, a human resource firm based in Milwaukee, finds that employees are not using their vacation time, the majority are eating lunch at their desks and there is a high number of disengaged and unhappy workers, Haskins says.

As the economy improves, however, employees may get restless if longer hours are the measuring stick.

"As the market and economy changes, a couple of things may happen," Haskins says. "Employees are not going to take these conditions any longer. Organizations will need to make additional enhancements or solutions will need to be implemented to reduce how much time each employee will have to spend at work."

And if those hours can't be reduced, Haskins says companies can try doing things such as concierge services, day care, providing breakfast and so forth just to make it a little easier to be there.


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