Recession takes its toll

Workers have navigated increased workloads, longer hours and strainedresources during this recession. Some of these challenges have takenbeen contributing to low workplace morale.

 

Workers have navigated increased workloads, longer hours and strained resources during this recession. Some of these challenges have taken been contributing to low workplace morale.

A new CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,900 employers reveals that nearly a quarter (23 per cent) rate their organization’s current employee morale as low — significantly up from years past. Additionally, 40 per cent of workers report that they have had difficulty staying motivated at work in the last year and a quarter (24 per cent) do not feel loyal to their current employer.

“Low morale levels are an unfortunate side effect of this recession,” said Jason Ferrara, vice president of corporate marketing for CareerBuilder. “As a result, employers are taking measures to help address negative workplace sentiment and motivate their employees.

 

Whether it’s through stepping up communication, offering more employee recognition programs or providing flexible work opportunities, organizations are doing what they can to proactively manage low morale.”

Workers revealed a variety of factors that could be contributing to low morale levels.

Two-in-five said that their stress level at work is high and nearly half (47 per cent) said that their workload has increased in the last six months.

One-in-five are dissatisfied with their work/life balance.

 
 
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