Many organizations today
are operating with fewer employees. In addition to their own work, employees
must perform the work of those who have left the company.
Lack of Personal Growth
Organizations have slashed
their training and professional development budgets. As a result, employees are
not learning and developing.
Lack of Challenge
Since most organizations
are not growing, there are fewer opportunities for employees to learn new
skills. Over time, many become bored with their jobs.
Flattening of Organizations
As a cost savings measure,
many organizations have decreased the number of middle managers. Those who at
one time supervised 3 or 4 people are now supervising 9 or 10. There are also
fewer opportunities for individual contributors to be promoted to the
Despite the large number
of unemployed workers, in sectors such as healthcare there are shortages of
trained and experienced staff. The result is that many long time employees must
work hours typically reserved for new employees who have not paid their dues to
the organization -- nights, weekends, and rotating shifts.
Organizations today are
changing rapidly to respond to the turbulent environment. Layoffs, mergers, and
constant organizational restructuring have greatly increased the stress level