Author Says Flexible Work Can Mean Too Much Work

A new article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the age of flexible work arrangements can mean overworking, harming the mental health of employees.

Malissa Clark, author of Never Not Working: Why the Always-On Culture Is Bad for Business and How to Fix It, asserts that the pattern of working at night, which jumped during COVID, has become normalized. Additionally, the number of work messages sent and received on the weekends increased by 200%, according to Microsoft studies of keystroke data and Teams activity.

“What’s even worse is that this increased workload, connectivity to work and altered communication patterns have been tacked on to our existing schedules, meaning we are working longer and staying more tethered to work than ever before,” she writes.

Clark offers three tips for organizations to improve the situation. Check it out.


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