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Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do about It

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Why too much work and too little time is hurting workers and companies--and how a proven workplace redesign can benefit employees and the bottom line

Today's ways of working are not working--even for professionals in "good" jobs. Responding to global competition and pressure from financial markets, companies are asking employees to do more with less, even as new technologie
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Princeton University Press
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Amanda
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overload is a thoughtful discussion about the health impacts of a digitally-enabled "always available" knowledge worker experience, offering a well-designed intervention and suggestions for policy reform. The takeaway is simple and refreshing: treat your workforce like adults (let them have a say in their hours and where they do their work), and everyone benefits.
The authors dual agenda work redesign intervention is an impressive feat in organizational studies; they were actually able to conduc
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Ben Rogers
Important book about a really pervasive issue.

I feel everyone should read this.

3.4/5
Sergio Caredda
Questo testo è basato su un esperimento "sul campo" di "work redesign", volto a combattere gli effetti del cosiddetto "Overload" da lavoro. L'esperimento, realizzato nel dipartimento IT di una Fortune 500 per oltre 5 anni, ha permesso di validare un approccio che permette di migliorare la produttività pur riducendo gli effetti perniciosi del superlavoro.
In generale il libro presenta un ottima analisi del perché anche tanti mestieri "buoni", dai salari medio elevati, siano oggi segnati da profon
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Erika Sanborne
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nobody needs better “work-life balance” but everybody needs relief from work as it is. Overload is an important read for anyone interested in how work itself can be something other than what it is right now, in a way that benefits both employees and employers. Kelly and Moen, of MIT and University of Minnesota respectively, conclude with strategic insights from their research how to create “sane and sustainable jobs” - strategy that will be only more necessary in our post-COVID, increasingly uns ...more
V
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was hopeful this book would provide insight that would be applicable for real life. It appears to be that the author conducted a study where initiatives promoting work-life balance where implemented at an unnamed company and the results documented. Much of the book is rehashing the same points and interviewing workers on their particular experience. Very theoretical and no real life application. Disappointing book.
Avi-Gil
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The book does a great job of outlining the problem. The intervention they staged (at a company that remains anonymous) is not detailed enough to be helpful for others to copy.
Theodore Kinni
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Work-life balance isn't the problem; overworking is the problem. Too many companies are eating into employees' lives to get more than 40 hours/week, often without pay, and harming employee health, well-being, and familes in the process. The authors report the results of a rigorously designed program of dual-agenda work redesign in a tech company aimed at a win-win resolution. It proved that giving employees greater say over when, where, and how they work makes their lives at work and home signif ...more
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