CHAPTER 9

The Importance of Balance in a Well-Motivated Workforce

We live in an age of the 24/7 work place. People carry Blackberries and cell phones, and are getting connected to the company e-mail at home on the weekends. Some people have an easier time counting the hours they don’t work instead of the hours they do. I have observed people answering e-mail on their Blackberries on the beach, having business conversations on their cell phones at Disney World, and interrupting vacations to take conference calls. According to studies, nearly half of all American workers say their jobs are very or extremely stressful. The same study also found that 50 percent of employees said that job stress reduces their productivity, and those who report high ...

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