Overworked, But Happy?

According to the inaugural Staples Advantage Workplace Index survey, “more than half of employees report feeling overworked and even burnt out” at their workplace. Based on these findings, it’s no surprise that employee engagement has become a top priority for businesses.

Despite the ‘burnt out’ feeling, an overwhelming majority (86 percent) of those same workers reported that they were happy with their jobs as well as motivated to rise in their organization.

Below are some of the key findings that pinpoint what companies can do to help employees feel positive about their workplace.

Job Satisfaction

Based on Staples’ findings, “eight out of ten workers who are the most dissatisfied with their jobs are currently looking for a new job.” The key to avoiding this is to ensure that your employees are satisfied with their role and responsibilities. Instilling a positive work culture and building trust in leadership as well as issuing a healthy dose of challenges can help steer your employees in this direction.

Flexible Workplace

Creating a flexible working environment can also be essential to fostering a positive work culture. Offering work options such as telecommuting can help build a bond of trust between the employer and employee. It also gives employees the ability to choose a convenient work option depending on what suits their own personal lifestyle.


Technology can be critical for productivity and minimizing employee aggravation. According to their survey, one of the top three causes of employee dissatisfaction or unproductive behavior within the workplace was poor technology. In contrast, employees who reported being the most satisfied had access to the latest technology available within the marketplace such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets.

Recruiting, onboarding and training new employees is a lengthy process and can add cost to an employer’s bottom line. Developing a system to motivate and keep employees engaged with their work can be essential to avoiding this additional cost caused by turnover.

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