Does technology mean you're always working? | The Tylt
Does technology mean you're always working?
Laptops and cellphones have ruined the work-life balance. Jobs in industries such as media and PR can now tether employees to their professional lives outside of their headquarters. Weather is no longer an excuse to just chill. Neither, for that matter, is a vacation or sick day. You got a phone, you’re working, buddy.
There’s no escaping it, either. You may feel like you deserve to be offline, but then upper management and Brown Nose Joe hint how they’re never truly off, answering their emails at 8 PM like psychopaths. Now you have to do the same in order to not look like you’re slagging. Things need to change, and fast. The burnout is all too real.
Pressure primarily stems from one’s own mind. The reality is you have to do what’s best for you at the end of the day. If Brown Nose Joe always boasts how he’s constantly checking his Outlook, that’s his problem, not yours. Why would you want to be on the same level as someone like that, anyway? Your job pays you for an allotted number of hours; there’s no need to go beyond that if it’s not necessary.
Logging off is also necessary for your performance. If you’re always working, you spread yourself too thin like butter across too much bread. Taking a break allows for you to recharge and get back to killing it like you always do. Or just to keep you from going crazy.