Too Much Workplace Data? Not So, Experts Say

a2There’s no shortage of studies and surveys these days on workplace trends, covering everything from gender biases and generational proclivities to when, where, and how workers are productive, stressed, engaged, or motivated. In his column this week, the Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke found himself “drowning” in a river of research, asking: Are we overanalyzing the workplace? He spoke with JOM_v38_72ppiRGB_150pixWJournal of Management editor Deborah Rupp, the William C. Byham Chair in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Purdue University, who eloquently explained why workplace studies are so abundant and why the data matters:

She quoted William Faulkner: “You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours — all you can do for eight hours is work.”

“Work is just a very pervasive part of the human experience,” Rupp said. “People are now working more than they’re doing everything else, except maybe sleeping. But in a lot of cases not even sleeping. It’s the venue in which we’re carrying out our lives.”

So this intense study is, in Rupp’s opinion, a good thing. And it marks a significant change in concern for our overall well-being.

For ages, the primary focus of workplace monitoring was to figure out how to squeeze as much work out of people as possible. The concept of “work” and “life” melding together is, in the grand scheme of things, relatively new.

Click here to read Rex Huppke’s article in the Chicago Tribune. Learn more about the Journal of Management by visiting the JOM home page here, and keep up with important issues in management by following the JOM Editor’s Choice collections.

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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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