The tougher workplace

The tougher workplace

From the shop floor to the cubicle, the workplace is becoming more stressful.

As employers push efficiency, the daily grind wears down workers

8:00 AM PDT, April 7, 2013

THE TOUGHER WORKPLACE

Part 1: As employers push efficiency, the daily grind wears down workers

Many businesses no longer want long-term relationships with their employees, who must now work harder without getting financial and psychological rewards that were once routine.

Tracking workers' every move can boost productivity — and stress

5:00 AM PDT, April 8, 2013

Part 2: Tracking workers' every move can boost productivity — and stress

Employers count keystrokes, read emails and monitor personal social media accounts. They time bathroom breaks. The cost of efficiency may be worker satisfaction.

Monitoring upends balance of power at workplace, some say [video chat]

1:07 PM PDT, April 8, 2013

Monitoring upends balance of power at workplace, some say

In a drive to cut costs and improve efficiency, companies are employing an ever-increasing array of tracking and monitoring technology to see what their employees are doing at all times.

Tougher workplace makes home life worse too

1:04 PM PDT, April 7, 2013

Tougher workplace makes home life worse too

Things are getting tougher for many people at work, as companies seeking to improve efficiency push employees to work harder.

How the relationship between employers and workers changed

11:31 AM PDT, April 7, 2013

How the relationship between employers and workers changed

Decades ago, many workers spent their whole lives at the same job, retiring with a full pension, and maybe even a gold watch from their boss.

The numbers behind the decline in workplace benefits

4:16 PM PDT, April 7, 2013

The numbers behind the decline in workplace benefits

American employers are asking more from workers as they try to cut costs and become more productive to compete in a globalized world, as described in a Los Angeles Times Sunday story. But they’re also giving them much less. Everything from the company picnic to professional development opportunities are shrinking; employers are less likely to pay for education, train their employees and help them find an apartment or adopt a child.

What privacy rights do I have in the workplace?

12:00 PM PDT, April 8, 2013

What privacy rights do I have in the workplace?

Employers are frequently using monitoring software to make their employees more productive at work, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, part of a series about the "Tougher Workplace."

Video chat: the tougher workplace

2:35 PM PDT, April 8, 2013

Video chat: the tougher workplace

Business reporter Alana Semuels talks with Peter Cappelli, a professor of management at the Wharton School, and Laura Dresser, a labor economist at the University of Wisconsin.

Is the tougher workplace slowing down the economic recovery?

1:26 PM PDT, April 8, 2013

Is the tougher workplace slowing down the economic recovery?

The workplace is changing as many companies, looking to increase productivity, ask employees for more while giving them less, according to a Los Angeles Times series. That¿s difficult for individuals at work ¿ but it might also have a profound impact on the economy in the long-term.

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