There’s something profoundly sad in the fact that working remotely became popular as a way to provide flexibility, and allow individuals the freedom to carve out their own sense of work-life balance, but has proven to do the opposite because we haven’t figured out how to do that.
“I think there’s an awareness that is growing, that the ability to be connected is [so] great, we no longer have to wait by the phone. … At the same time, it can increase the burnout, because you are always available,” said Nicole Leet, an Atlanta-based Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske partner and president of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division.
And I know this isn’t just the legal industry. Instead of creating flexibility around work schedules and locations, remote working has simply become a way for work to intrude of even more of our lives. Part of that is our own unwillingness to draw boundaries around work, and part of it is organizations unwillingness to allow their people to do that.
It does no good to provide flexible, remote, work solutions, and still demand 10-12+ hours of work each day. That’s a problem of staffing, not of any one individual’s flexibility.