TGIF – Are you part of the problem or the solution?
Yes, it is Friday and like many, you may be really looking forward to the weekend.
Relaxing with family and friends.
Eating some good food. Drinking some adult beverages.<wink, wink>
Watching some TV or a movie.
Maybe a little exercise perhaps? (50 pushups out to do it)
Ahh…the good life.
Then comes Sunday evening.
The black cloud of doom forms. <insert ominous music here>
Tomorrow is Monday.
Monday = Back to WORK
Why do so many people (at least in the USA) dread going back to work on Monday? Well there are tons of reasons for sure but one may be that we are feeling burned out or overworked.
Below is a great infographic from OnlineMBA.com that gives us real stats on what is happening in the work place in the US of A.
We should all be appalled at these numbers and what they say about us as nation. As I stated before, this is a hot button for me.
My question to you is:
Are you part of the problem?
If you are an employer or manager, do you explicitly or implicitly encourage (and condone) this behavior?
If you are an employee, do you allow yourself to be treated this way?
Read the numbers and ponder your role in all this.
If it is not you, great! You can help others by your example.
If it is you, well….
Stay tuned. I will be posting some followups on this in a few days.
Let the campaign to bring back the 40 hour work week begin!
Enjoy your weekend.
I’ve been a believer in the “balanced Life” concept for probably twenty years. When I consulted, I had the freedom to limit my billing hours (which I did) in most cases. Now that I’m a pointy-haired boss, I still don’t work more than 40 hours a week. Not only that, but I encourage my employees to do the same. While I like what I do, my job just isn’t the most important thing that I do. In addition, I make it a point to disconnect from work when I leave. 95% of the calls and e-mails can wait until I get in the next day.
We still do family dinner at my house and I impose a “technology-free” zone at the dinner table. That includes not answering the house phone if it rings during dinner. That’s my way of telling the kids that our quality time is more important than a spurous news alert on my (or their) phone.
Good to hear from you Dave! And really glad to hear you are keeping things in balance even as a boss and setting such a good example for your kids.
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