I ’m spending more time at work, and I have less time for my family. My employer really appreciates me. At first glance, the two statements appear contradictory.
The workers who responded to the Globe’s 2011 Top Places to Work survey indicated they had less flexibility to balance their work and personal lives than in the past. In fact, that facet of their lives at work suffered the most this year.
At the same time, employees said that they felt more “genuinely appreciated’’ at work. Much more appreciated. The measure of appreciation jumped nearly 9 percent, the largest positive change since last year.
So these Massachusetts employees are telling us that they are working harder, with less work-life flexibility, but feeling more appreciated. Does that make sense?
“I’m not surprised at all,’’ said Alan G. Robinson, a professor at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “Tough economic times are when employees and managers at the best companies pull together.’’
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