Magazine article Workforce Management

Work in Progress: THE 'JOB-MORE' ECONOMY AND YOU

Magazine article Workforce Management

Work in Progress: THE 'JOB-MORE' ECONOMY AND YOU

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THERE'S A QUIET FLIP SIDE of the jobless recovery. Call it the "job more" economy. Many workers are overemployed, working as many as two jobs for the price of one. And the situation threatens not just the sanity of employees but the long-term success of companies and the country.

The unemployment numbers tell one story of the recession's impact, but another can be found among the 25 percent of workers who put in 41 hours or more a week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Companies are giving employees more duties to fill the void created by laid-off colleagues, hiring freezes and new business growth. Those workers may feel lucky to have a job. And additional tasks can serve as invigorating "stretch" assignments. But there's a tipping point.

In a July survey of 600 American workers we conducted with Workplace Options, a provider of employee assistance program services, 55 percent of respondents said their job responsibilities had increased as a result of the troubled economy. …

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