“THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.Increasingly, this experience is common not just to middle managers, but also to top executives.”
The above quote comes from a superb article in this weekend’s NYT. One of the must-read articles of the weekend. While I broadly put myself into the category of technology lover, this article brilliantly combines the consequences of humans using of technology with changing norms and competitiveness in the workplace. I won’t spoil it for you….but the picture is not pretty. I believe the argument here is absolutely spot on.
Here is a little bit more.
“Demand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity — draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life. Increased competitiveness and a leaner, post-recession work force add to the pressures. The rise of digital technology is perhaps the biggest influence, exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information and requests that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours of the day and night.”