Why “Chronic Busy-ness” is a new pandemic

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In today’s fast-paced work culture, it’s become a common trait to always be busy. Employees often wear their busyness like a badge of honour, believing that being busy is a sign of productivity and success. However, always being busy can be a toxic trait in the workplace, and in this blog, we’ll explore why.

 

1. It leads to burnout

When you’re always busy, you’re constantly on the go, working long hours, and pushing yourself to your limits. While this may seem like a great way to get ahead, it can quickly lead to burnout. Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. When you’re burned out, you become less productive, less creative, and less engaged at work.

 

2. It hinders your ability to prioritise

When you’re always busy, you don’t have the time or energy to step back and evaluate your priorities. You may find yourself jumping from task to task without any real direction, which can lead to missed deadlines and incomplete projects. It’s important to take the time to prioritise your work so that you’re focusing on the most important tasks first.

 

3. It limits creativity

Creativity often requires downtime and space to let ideas simmer. When you’re always busy, you don’t have the time or energy to allow your mind to wander and explore new ideas. This can limit your creativity and prevent you from coming up with innovative solutions to problems.

 

4. It creates a culture of overwork

When you’re always busy, you may feel pressure to work long hours and sacrifice your personal life for the sake of your job. This can create a culture of overwork, where employees feel like they have to work all the time to keep up. This can be detrimental to employees’ mental health and can lead to high turnover rates.

 

5. It can lead to a lack of work-life balance

When you’re always busy, it’s easy to let work take over your life. You may find yourself working late into the night, checking emails on weekends, and never truly disconnecting from work. This can lead to a lack of work-life balance, which can have negative effects on your health and relationships outside of work.

In conclusion, always being chronically busy may seem like a positive trait in the workplace, but it can be quite toxic. It can lead to burnout, a lack of creativity, and a culture of overwork. It’s important to take the time to prioritise your work, allow for downtime, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. By doing so, you’ll be more productive, creative, and engaged at work, and you’ll be better able to sustain your success over the long term.

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Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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The Best Workplaces for Women™list is determined using Great Place To Work’sFor All™methodology to evaluate hundreds of Certified™Great Place To Work®organisations across Australia.   

Data is based on over 40,000 employee survey responses from women in Great Place To Work® Certified™ organisations across Australia. 

The survey 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organisation’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. 

Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organisational data like size, location, industry, and the number of women in the workforce and management positions. 

Considerations 

Great Place To Work analysed the gender balance of each workplace, how it compares to each company’s industry, and patterns in representation as women rise from front-line positions to executive/C-suite roles. 
Survey data analysis and women’s representation figures are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience and opportunities for all women, regardless of their role or demographic background.   

Eligibility   

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™. Companies must also employ at least 50 women. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, and investigate any employee reports of company in compliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Best Workplaces™ Australia 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of almost 50,000 employees across Australia.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organisation creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organisation, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyse these experiences relative to each organisation’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organisation to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

For larger organisations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organisations to share with us their practices, policies and programs to creating a great workplace For All™ and evaluating the approach they take.

Why do you say in one place your national list scoring is based on 85%/15% and in another place that it is 75%/25%?

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1.  The criteria we evaluate

2.  Where the data comes from