When did it become acceptable, nay, expected to be working 24/7 for your company? Is it when you become high enough up in management where you no longer get paid hourly so that if you want to succeed and do better than the other guy or gal you are willing to have your Blue tooth, your Blackberry, computer, etc. buzzing away at all hours to help you excel ?! I’m not sure, but I do believe the “company” is getting the better end of the deal especially since the economy has taken a nosedive and no one is getting raises or promotions, no matter how well you do.
I believe in the days of the extravagant salaries for Presidents, and VP’s of the 80’s and 90’s, and 2000′ s with the ridiculous golf games and weekend meetings they have spoken of, that yes these people should have been willing to work 24/7. But now it is a given and just expected by companies, especially as we are so tied into our social media “Ball and Chain” lap tops and Blackberries where everybody can reach you 24/7. Also, now the “secretary”, no I’m sorry, how offensive, the Administrative Assistant, no longer does ANY typing or many secretarial duties for these high power executives. So, besides their busy schedule of meetings, etc. they have to do the actual task of the typing and chart making too. Interesting. Who is getting their money’s worth? Definitely the company!
Looks like the information highway has taken the individual prisoner. We thought it was a good thing, but not when it has run amok. Because we all have the lap tops, the cell phones and other means of social networking, we are at the mercy of the system. Now we work for it 24/7 because we CAN. My husband was just on a conference call for 3 hrs. from 2-5 pm on a Saturday, one of his 2 supposed days off. Not asked, told they needed to do this conference call. As it is he goes in everyday at 6 am and stays ’till 6 pm. Then works how many hours at home on his computer, so he is thinking of making a time machine so he can go back in time each day so he can work 28/7 , ha, ha!
I don’t think it would be SO bad if companies had loyalty and rewarded their workers! I just think that what we thought was a GREAT thing has blown up in our faces and is being used and abused by the system. So much for the wonders of social networking, just don’t let it OWN you!
© Evelyn Garone 7.24.10