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The Dangers of Connectivity

Let’s face it, the work culture has evolved and technology is the responsible party.  Older generations could have never imagined we would be so accessible to so many people after the work day is through.  Even if you were “on-call” it was still only one person who could get in touch with you.  So, what makes us compelled to respond to calls or emails during our personal time.  Is it pressure?  Or is it a great benefit?

I started my career at a telecommunications company.  It was before smartphones, but not before laptops and cell phones.  Suffice to say, I was in an environment that was conducive to bringing work home with you.  I saw this as a benefit.  It provided some flexibility to my work/life balance.  But there is another side to always being connected.

Employers are beginning to look at the effects of after hour work.   Flexibility is a benefit, but to what extent.  Balance will play a crucial role in how we look at this in the future.  France has gone as far as implementing a “right to disconnect” law all in an effort to reduce stress caused by staying connected.  There may not be one right (or wrong) solution to this problem.

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