'Me' time is so last decade...so pre-smart phone. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my smart phone. On those rare occasions when I am indavertently out and about without it, I'm just sure I am going to miss out on somethink wonderful or horrible because of my carelessness. And, to think, just a handful of years ago we were walking around without fully connected, globally-positioned, social media-connected computers in our pockets that could instantly tell us what great savings are available at the store across the street from the deli where we're having lunch. Drop the pastrami...there are deals to be consummated! It's a mystery that we functioned at all!
On the work front, do you remember those primitive days when evenings and weekends were available for 'me' time? When we weren't expected to be checking work emails every few minutes or whenever the chime rings on our company-provided iPhone, day or night, seven days a week? Mind-numbingly boring global conference call at 10:00 PM or 5:00 AM? Doesn't get any more fun than that. And, how quaint that people would actually think they could go on vacation, guilt-free, to re-charge their batteries and spend quality time with those strangers who live in our home and share our last name.
But, that's one key reason American productivity has continued to rise, and companies push to do more and more work with fewer and fewer employees. Technology replacing menial tasks or transactional work? Cool idea, but all it really means is endless projects and conference call installing and troubleshooting the damn things when they don't work the way they're supposed to.
But, then again, 'Me' time is overrated. People don't need to get away from teh overload of work that doesn't allow them time to actually think or be creative. How do we deal with this problem? Let's schedule a conference call to empower a task force to engage employees to re-think the value proposition and develop a new paradigm.
That way, we won't have time to wonder whatever happened to 'Me' time. Sorry...have to stop this rant to get on the next conference call about something or other.