9 July 2020

What is Workload Overload

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Did You Know Workload Overload Is The Number 1 Reason for Stress-Related Absences in the Workplace in 2019

Here are the top 3 causes of work-related stress:

1 Workload
2 Management Style
3 Relationships at Work
(Source CIPD 2019)

Workload is also known as work intensification in the world of occupational psychology. Work intensification was listed as the number one reason for stress-related absence from work at 62% in 2019, followed by management style at 43% and relationships at work at 30% in the Simply Health Report last year.

Work intensification can occur in the workplace when redundancies take place. The remaining workforce may increase their output or further diverse from their original job descriptions and or take on new roles to compensate for the workplace redundancy shortfalls.

Digital technology has also led to work intensification in the workplace through an unmatchable competition for work which brings with it less time for human down time. Machinery and technology do not tire and do not need time for rest or leisure to thrive.

Globalisation is also an aspect of work intensification. International travel, international time zones, increasing and constant deadlines also could cause difficulties for the workforce.

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators are now commonplace in today’s workplace. These increase pressure on the worker to deliver the results as needed by the employer- some for a monetary bonus and others its security of an extension of a contract for another six months in addition to the desired improved bottom line. Workload can begin to be addressed by employees through improved time management and by people managers through improving workplace management standards.

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