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1/2 OF EMPLOYEES ARE STRESSED OUT 1/3 ARE READY TO WALK OUT Half of the American workforce is being stressed out by the explosion of employee communication tools and the lack of strategy around them, a landmark study conducted by Dynamic Signal has found. The problem is so dire that the survey of 1,072 U.S. workers discovered that 33 percent of workers – one of every three people – have wanted to quit their jobs because they are so frustrated with poor commu- nication that leaves them less informed, confused about how to do their jobs, and filled with anxiety. This communication crisis is having a severe impact on business productivity as 75 percent of employees reported spending significant work time looking for information that helps them perform daily tasks. Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) said they lose between 30 minutes and one hour every single day. That means the typical U.S. worker is wasting between $3,175 and $6,371 in annual salary simply searching for job-related information, based on the median wage calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comprehensive research furthers our understanding about the mounting seriousness of the communication problems facing businesses at a time when organizations are coping with the rapidly changing idea of the "workplace." As workforces are increasingly dispersed – often working anywhere and at any hour – companies are struggling with the urgent need to find ways to create deeper engagement with their employees so they can do their jobs better. But the communication tools being implemented to address the critical issue are instead having the opposite effect, this study of employees, chief executives and corporate communicators found.

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