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Has Summer Slump Hit Your Company?

Do you see signs that your workers are slacking off a bit? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. In a recent survey, one of every four employers said his or her workers seem to be less productive in the summer.

The employers also expressed concerned that workers, who are being asked to do more when staffs are downsized, may be experiencing burnout, according to the CareerBuilder survey on employee productivity .

Nicer weather, vacation fever and kids being out of school led the list of reasons for the productivity dip that 26 percent of the employers perceived.

Nearly half (45 percent) also think workers in their organization are currently burned out on the job.

CareerBuilder contacted 2,600 members of management and human resources and 5,300 workers in May and June for the survey.

From the workers' perspective, employers do have cause for concern. Over three-quarters (77 percent) of the surveyed workers said they are sometimes or always burned out in their jobs, and 43 percent of them said their stress levels on the job have increased over the last six months.

Heavier workloads could be the cause. Nearly half (46 percent) of employees reported an increase in their workloads in the last six months, while only 8 percent said their workloads decreased.

On balance, though, employers see worker productivity trending upward. Thirty percent of employers said workers are more productive than before the recession began, while only 12 percent felt that productivity has slumped.

Employers who saw a rise in worker productivity during the recession attributed the increase primarily to the fear of losing a job and the effects of downsized staffs on individual workloads. Seventy-three percent said the increased productivity continues, and 14 percent said productivity has increased even more.

"The recession produced consequences for not just those who were laid off, but also for the many employees who were asked to work harder as a result of leaner staffs," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "While getting more out of a smaller workforce is a sign of organizational agility during unpredictable times, it's hard to see such yields in productivity holding forever. Head count will be needed to meet increasing demands."