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Why work underload is as stressful as overload

Why work underload is as stressful as overload

Usually, project managers pay close attention to the problem of team overload. It comes as no surprise that most employees experience stress frustration as a result of work overload. While this topic has been covered quite widely, there is another absolutely opposite stress factor for your employees you have to deal with at times. Workplace boredom can be even more stressful and damaging than overwork and become a silent killer of team productivity.

Here are our observations about the most common complaints employees have concerning this issue:

  1. The work is not challenging.
  2. They spend their work time procrastinating.
  3. They feel as managers do not pay attention to their performance as long as the project is smooth and too much attention when everything goes south.

How can you change this?


First of all, do not let your coworkers feel they are alone. Make sure you are on the same page and let them know that you are aware of this problem.  Talk with them about the possibilities to take on a new challenge; or the way to stretch in a new direction.


Seek out an opportunity inside your company. Think over the potential tasks, jobs, and challenges for your team member within an existing or alternative project or occupation?  Craft an action plan to pursue them.

Plan properly

Be in the use of time tracking software or time management tools. They can really be helpful if you want to stay on top of your resource utilization and be more productive. It all comes down to making sure that you know exactly who is doing what, and the idea here is to organize as well as plan properly.

It doesn’t take much of a leap to conclude that employees who are better utilized feel more fulfilled and more engaged; they work more productively. So, take care of your employees and make them happy.


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