Senior Execs: Business Workloads Too Heavy

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<strong>Madbury, N.H. &mdash; April 3</strong><br />The majority of senior executives and managers say their workloads are too heavy.<br /><br />Almost three-fourths (73 percent) of business leaders consider their workloads to be too heavy, according to a new national survey of 230 senior executives and managers conducted by NFI Research. More than one-quarter (26 percent) of respondents consider their workloads to be significantly too heavy, and almost half (47 percent) consider them to be somewhat too heavy.<br /><br />Sixty-nine percent of executives also say that the business workloads (the sheer amount/volume of work) of people in their departments and/or organizations are too heavy. Seventeen percent consider the workloads to be significantly too heavy, while more than half (52 percent) consider it somewhat too heavy.<br /><br />"The problem with such a heavy workload is it can totally disrupt any sense of work-life balance and decrease the amount of thinking time because everyone is so busy," said NFI Research CEO Chuck Martin, author of Smarts: Are We Hardwired for Success?<br /><br />By company size, more senior executives and managers in large organizations (92 percent) say they consider the business workloads of people in their department and/or organization to be too heavy, while 63 percent of those in small organizations say the same.<br /><br />"Expectations today are higher than they have ever been," said one survey respondent. "Combine the urgency factor of e-mail, the pressures of doing it now and working with a new generation of the "I" workers all contributes to a never-ending workload."<br /><br />When it comes to their personal workloads, 82 percent of business leaders at large companies (those with 10,000 or more employees) say their workloads are too heavy. At small companies (those with 500 or fewer employees), 74 percent consider their own workloads to be too heavy.<br />

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