Balancing act: OECD notes U.S. work-life balance problems

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    June 27, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    Just the other day, there was a news report about a study on how about 1/3 of Americans are "disengaged" from work due to overwork and they're not feeling appreciated. I see a lot of that at my own work, and it is frustrating to see how management is so blinded to the fact of worker dissatisfaction -- even with our high turnover and people avoiding coming to the office (working at home or in the field).

    An important concept in management that has emerged over the last two decades is the idea that enriching employee satisfaction is the major driver of profitability in service-based firms. In short, happy employees are more productive, serve customers better, which in turn drives up sales and profits. If you short-change employees, it drives that customer satisfaction and profitability down.

    Sadly, I don't see many Utah companies recognizing this fact.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    June 26, 2013 6:57 p.m.

    One possibility is that we're still coming out of a deep recession. If the boss wants you to put in extra hours as a salaried person and take on more than is reasonable, it's still harder to get out of that position while still maintaining an income for your family.

    Another possibility is cultural. We do work hard here, but so do those in countries that have a population that lives on a dollar's worth a day. We've got multinational companies importing a cultural norm that lowers the value of humanity from south and southeast Asia. That makes the idea of vacations and 'work-life' balance laughable to them. You work for nearly nothing until you die, then they replace you with another dollar-a-day worker.