Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blurring the Lines Between Our Work And Personal Lives

Interesting thought from Clay Shirky. Is it surprising that employees, students, faculty, etc spend time on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or shopping online? I don't think so, when we've created an environment that allows "work" to invade their personal life, shouldn't we expect their personal lives to invade work? I'd love to be able to do my job without looking at e-mail at night or on the weekends, but we've created an expectation that we're always available for work.

Clay Shirky in McKinsey Quarterly on managing millennials:
A famous observation about the net generation, the millennials, is, “They’re doing Facebook at their desks on a Tuesday morning,” which is certainly true. One of the reasons for that is that they’re also being asked to use PowerPoint in their homes on a Saturday afternoon. If you went to any manager and said, “Would you offer your 25-year-olds the following bargain: no more Facebook at work, and in return for which, I won’t call you after 6 PM or on weekends or ask you to watch e-mail.” I don’t think the managers would make that deal.

I don't disagree, but it's not only them being asked to do same.

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