Workplace Woes

If you had to slog into the office over the Labor Day weekend, you weren’t alone. Of the 1,050 employed respondents to a recent Harris Interactive study sponsored by Kronos Inc., 45 percent said they expected to press nose to grindstone at some point during those three days. That finding is one of many illuminating the Lumbergian demands put on workers in our Office Space-ish culture. A weary 32 percent of respondents said they have had to work more hours in the past six months. Of those, 67 percent are working five or more extra hours a week. (As the chart shows, working weekends can get to be a bit of a habit, too.) Those working more cited a lack of efficient staffing, fewer people to do the same amount of work, and pressure to do more as the main reasons why. Asked if they expect any relief from the increased hours in the next six months, the majority said no. Are these worker bees at least buzzing about bigger paychecks compensating them for their toil? It doesn’t appear so. Almost two-thirds of respondents said they had not received a raise in the past six months.