Thursday, October 25, 2012

Job Uncertainty resulting in Burn Out, Slow Economic Recovery.

“Uncertainty” is now commonly associated our admired “job creators,” corporate CEO’s who can’t take the heat of the free market. They need certainty in a market place that has none.
But that was a distraction designed to convince the real job creators, consumers, from realizing that they were the ones feeling uncertain.

The slow economy is the result of this job and consumer uncertainty. Check out this recent study:
The slow-to-recover economy is taking a new toll on U.S. workers: Not only are they stressed out from job uncertainties and stagnant pay, the stress has lasted so long that now they’re burned out too, a new survey finds. “A significant portion of the American workforce is burned out, and my concern is, that’s rising,” said neuropsychologist Richard Chaifetz, CEO of ComPsych Corp., a Chicago-based provider of employee-assistance programs to more than 17,000 organizations and 45 million employees worldwide.

ComPsych’s survey finds that just showing up for work, rather than accomplishing basic responsibilities or improving performance, was the top priority cited by 22 percent of workers — a 47 percent increase since the survey began in 2003. “In an environment where unemployment is high, showing up is the first thing. The importance of performance is second,” Chaifetz said. “It correlates with burnout, stress, fatique, overwork and an obsession with and distraction by personal issues.”

A study on job satisfaction out this summer from the Conference Board, a non-profit think tank in New York, found “the majority of Americans continue to be unhappy at work.”

Psychologist Ben Palmer said the current state of global competition means that Western nations in particular are unsuccessfully trying to compete with cheap labor in countries such as China and India. “The more you adopt the ‘do more with less’ mentality, the greater you drive innovation down in the organization because high work loads and stress are the antithesis of innovation,” Palmer said.
This study will get zero notice, resulting in policy that will do just the opposite, only making things worse.

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