When asked about our work, many of us lament longer hours and the fact that, because our mobile device is never far from reach, we're "always on."
But even in this hyper-connected age, are our jobs really that inescapable? Or are we just making them that way?
This week's #HBRchat is based on the HBR blog post "Overcome Your Work Addiction" by Leslie Perlow, HBS professor, and author of Sleeping with Your Smartphone.
Q1: Why do you think so many of us consider ourselves "always on"?
Q2: How can we manage work & our own behavior so that we get meaningful "off" time?
Q3: What can organizations do to help employees feel less tethered to their work?
- QUESTION 1:
- ANSWERS 1:
- — Achim J. Müllers (@AchimMuellers)Thu, May 24 2012 17:07:04A1: Are we always on because we're afraid to lose our jobs or because we love our jobs? Big difference. #hbrchat
- — Claire Crossley (@ClaireSMBB)Thu, May 24 2012 17:09:15
- — HBR Exchange (@HBRexchange)Thu, May 24 2012 17:13:25
- — Cathryn Hrudicka (@CreativeSage)Thu, May 24 2012 17:14:13
- — Brandie McCallum (@lttlewys)Thu, May 24 2012 17:07:09A1: So many of us there is no line between biz & personal, with Tech the way it is, it's even easier to stay "on" #HBRchat
- — Shelly Lucas (@pisarose)Thu, May 24 2012 17:08:09A1: Job scarcity pressures makes "always on" an assumed requirement. It's an unsaid requirement for survivors (employed). #HBRchat
- — elaine chiam (@avalon)Thu, May 24 2012 17:09:31
- — Cathryn Hrudicka (@CreativeSage)Thu, May 24 2012 17:09:43A1) I see people addicted to their devices, though. They can't even sit through a meal or conversation in person w/out checking it. #HBRchat
- — John R. Bell (@JohnRichardBell)Thu, May 24 2012 17:10:12Q1: Why do you think so many of us consider ourselves "always on"? #hbrchat A1: Quite honestly, I believe it is an addiction
- — Mahima Sukhdev (@MahiTuna)Thu, May 24 2012 17:10:41A1: It's a self-fulfilling prophecy- we're 'always on' b/c we think everyone else is 'always on' & will get ahead of us #HBRchat