Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – Asana has announced the introduction of its latest offering, Workload, a project management application delivering more ways to plan and balance work across an organization’s most valuable assets — its teams.

According to the World Health Organization, burn-out — a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress — has become so prevalent among modern workers that it’s now classified as an occupational phenomenon.

Asana research

In a study of 6,000 knowledge workers across the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand conducted by Asana, more than 80 percent of global workers say they consistently feel overworked and close to burn-out, with nearly three-quarters (74 percent) experiencing burnout twice a year or more. While 93 percent of those surveyed believe they are more productive than their peers and teammates, over one-third (37 percent) don’t know whether work is fairly distributed across their teams.

As a result, a majority of respondents believe that their organization’s staff morale is low because of too much work. In addition to lower levels of morale and engagement, nearly half (49 percent) of all businesses surveyed have had employees leave the company due to feeling overwhelmed by their work volume.

More ways to communicate and collaborate

“The most productive and happiest teams are those that have clarity of who is doing what by when,” said Alex Hood, Head of Product at Asana. “While today’s workplace has more ways to communicate and collaborate than ever before, the majority of teams are still turning to outdated spreadsheets and email chains to plan and manage their work.”

Hood continues, “We created Workload to give you a centralized view of your team’s capacity that’s connected to the actual underlying work, while factoring in an individual’s unique skills and abilities. With Workload, not only are your most important projects and initiatives completed on time, you never lose sight of your most valuable assets — your team members.”

Achieve balance and ward off burnout

Workload delivers new levels of visibility into work happening across multiple projects in a single view, with the ability to easily reassign or reschedule tasks as business needs change. Because no two organizations, or teams, are the same, Workload allows project participants to customize their workload based on effort — such as hours or points — to better understand exactly how much work everyone has on their plates. To achieve balance and ward off burnout, Workload features capacity limits for individual team members with visual alerts when the work assigned to them exceeds their capacity for a given time period.

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