Letting work slip through the cracks

I’m sure there are no official statistics on this, but I wonder how many of us are getting a bit sloppy at work these days?

It’s not intentional. And it’s not laziness. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Employees are taking on more work at their jobs. They have to: A growing number of companies are operating with skeleton staffs thanks to all the layoffs and firings caused by the recession.

At my job, where I’m the editor of a trade magazine, I’ve lost my one staff writer. I now put the magazine together on my own. Earlier this month, my bosses gave me one more magazine to help edit, increasing my workload again.

I’m happy to have my job. I just wish there wasn’t so much of it to deal with.

Because I am taking on this extra work, I’ve noticed I’ve gotten a bit sloppy. I missed a freelance deadline today. I forgot to send back some interview questions for another Web site earlier this week. And this morning, I begged off a writing assignment I had taken on. I just didn’t have time to do a good job on it.

That’s terribly unprofessional, of course. But for my addled brain, there was no other solution.

What about you? Are you overworked these days? Are you letting the little things — or maybe some big things — slip through the cracks?