Posts tagged with: too much work

Is this the era of “good enough?”

I’ve written a lot lately about employees having to do more work, for no extra pay, to make up for all their fired or laid-off co-workers.

The other day, a friend of mine finished a big project at work. He wasn’t happy with the quality, but wasn’t able to do much about it. He was juggling three other big jobs thanks to layoffs at the financial-services firm at which he works. He told me that the work was from his best, but that it was “good enough.”

Unfortunately, “good enough” seems to be the new standard.

Personally, I’ve turned in “good enough” work lately, too. That’s because I’m having to take on smaller, lower-paying assignments to make up for all the regular magazine clients who have shut their doors or slashed their freelance-writing budgets.

It’s more than a little depressing. Most employees want to take pride in their work. But it’s not easy doing this when you’re doing the jobs of two other people. It becomes a matter of shoving product out the door.

Like I said, it’s a shame. But companies have to realize, when you fire everyone, you can’t expect top quality.


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?