Control the Workload

  • Jean-Pierre Brun
  • Cary Cooper


In Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin depicted a worker totally submitted to the pace of production, as set by the factory boss. Does this story belong to the past? Apparently not. Today, workloads are getting heavier throughout the world. People report they are overwhelmed by work and lack the time to complete one or more tasks, projects or initiatives. The day is over before everything has been done, and we tell each other we need a little less work and far more employees. Our children are fed up seeing us work evenings and weekends.


Account Manager Manager Workload Tight Deadline Actual Workload Hydraulic Line 
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  1. 1.
    Ricci, J. A., Chee, E., Lorandeau, A. L. & Berger, J. (2007). Fatigue in the U. S. workforce: Prevalence and implications for lost productive work time. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 49(1), 1–10.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    The model presented below is based on: Falzon, P. & Sauvagnac, C. (2004). Charge de travail et stress. In Fondements théoriques et cadres conceptuels (pp. 175–90). Paris, France: PUF.Google Scholar

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© Jean-Pierre Brun & Cary Cooper 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Pierre Brun
    • 1
  • Cary Cooper
    • 2
  1. 1.Université LavalCanada
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityUK

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