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Does 'doing more with less' mean more work for you?


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Workers on a flywheel assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park, Mich., plant in 1913. AP Photo/Ford Motor Company.

Sorry to bother you. I know you’re busy. Busier than normal. Definitely busier than you were a few years ago. Probably too busy to talk to a reporter.

So, I'll make my question quick: why are you working so much harder?

Do you feel the boss watching you closer? Have you taken on the duties of someone who was laid off and not replaced? Are you pulling extra hours out of loyalty for your company?

In a front-page article a few weeks ago, Washington Post reporter Neil Irwin wrote about how workers’ increased efficiency has slowed down job creation. In other words, employers are getting more out of fewer workers, lessening the pressure to start hiring again. In the piece, Irwin wrote that “the question of what caused the burst in workers’ efficiency is one of the great unanswered questions of the expansion and has huge stakes for the economy over the coming year.”

So, I ask you: Are you working harder, and if so, what's motivating you? I am hoping to talk to employees and employers about what “more with less” looks like in our modern times – and at what cost it comes. Have you had to expand your children’s daycare hours? Has your blood pressure shot up? Are your vacation days piling up because you don’t have time to take one?

If you have a perspective to share, email me or leave a comment below. That is, if you have a few minutes to spare. I know you’re busy.

By Theresa Vargas  | April 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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