Giving Compass’ Take:
• A RAND Corporation study shows that workspaces in the U.S. can be stressful and demanding while bleeding into personal lives of employees. The author notes what this could mean for individuals working at nonprofits which is already a stressful environment.
• How can nonprofit employees reduce stress by designing their office differently?
• Read about the importance of nonprofit employee wellness.
The findings from a 2017 Rand Corporation Study restate the results of other research from the past half-century with a relatively obvious twist: A thoughtlessly run workplace can also deeply affect the home lives of your employees. That makes sense, since we are talking about whole human beings.
According to Quartz, Nicole Maestas, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and lead author of “Working Conditions in the United States,” finds in the study “a workplace that is taxing on a lot of dimensions.” In many cases, while work bleeds over into personal time, personal time is still not allowed to bleed over in the other direction which leads to an encroachment into time off that can be problematic, especially for younger workers and women. The study highlights that American workers are exposed to a high-pressure work environment with consequences for family and social commitments… About one-half of American workers do some work in their free time to meet work demands.”
But, it also says volumes about what nonprofit employers need to consider when designing their own workplaces, many of which suffer from underfunding and understaffing. As nonprofits, we have a responsibility to understand and respond to the needs of employees.
The workplace is full of pressures, especially when it also represents a mission we care deeply about. So, how do we balance that demand with reward?
Read the full article about nonprofit workspaces by Martin Levine at Nonprofit Quarterly
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