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Recession brings bigger workloads

Higher stress levels amid budget cuts

Increased workloads, higher stress levels and budget cuts are the result of
the recession, a KPMG and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development study
has found.

Of 892 employers surveyed, 48 per cent say individual staff workloads have
increased since the financial crisis hit.

Forty-six per cent also cite increased staff stress levels. Employees who
escape redundancy are frequently saddled with more work after their colleagues
depart.

KPMG human resources partner Tim Payne said the onus was on managers to
communicate effectively with staff and to carefully monitor workloads.

“Employees understand companies need to manage their costs but they still
expect leaders to communicate clearly with them when changes are made,” Payne
says.

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