Americans Rethinking Role of Work
Layoffs and other job changes associated with the economic downturn have caused workers to question career-related sacrifices, including time away from family, less leisure, time and fewer self-improvement activities.
In a survey of more than 1,100 full-time workers by the Florida State University College of Business, respondents said experiencing the recession:
- Increased their appreciation of family (48%)
- Promoted thoughts that work isn’t as important as it once was in the grand scheme of things (37%)
- Helped them recognize the value of people over things (49%)
- Increased their awareness of an overcommitment to work at the expense of family and recreation (27%)
- Confirmed that most of what happens at work is out of one’s control regardless of commitment and effort (42%)
- Increased their motivation to be a better person rather than just a better employee (43%)
The survey also found more than 70% of employees acknowledged that most days at work “seem like they will never end.”
Researchers cast the findings in a positive light. The fact that many employees spent time evaluating the importance of nonwork factors may be the first step in reducing the stress associated with imbalanced lives, they said.
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