News, trends & tactics in the January 2011 issue of Industrial Engineer
A new work-life paradigm?
Great Recession, layoffs have many rethinking what’s important
As if industrial engineers and productivity managers didn’t have enough to worry about, Florida State University researchers have found that widespread layoffs and other job changes associated with the Great Recession have caused workers to question career-related sacrifices.
This includes time spent away from family, the lack of leisure time and fewer self-improvement activities, according to Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration, and research associates Tyler Everett and Stuart Tapley at Florida State University. They examined the recession’s role in changing employees’ thoughts about work, commitment to their families and the pursuit of a more balanced lifestyle.
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