This is really the big question many of us have, and rightfully so. Hopefully, your workplace is smart enough to encourage you to disconnect during off hours, or take care of your mental health needs, and speak up if you’re feeling burned out. But, what do we do if that same employer also rewards the folks who don’t do any of that? How does an employee keep up healthy boundaries and not get left behind in their career when they watch the peers who work all hours of the day/night, never disconnect, and work in an absolutely non-sustainable way are praised for their “grit and commitment”, and maybe even promoted over folks who work harder at maintaining a sustainable work-life balance?
Most things that I hear managers and CEO’s complain about remote working, like how their team feels disconnected, or suffers from “Zoom fatigue”, or might not be spending every minute of the 9-5 working for the company, are things that should have been true for those of us who worked remotely prior to 2020, but it wasn’t true.
When you design, and manage, for remote work, instead of forcing everyone to be in more meaningless meetings just so you can “see” them, or track their activities every minute of the day, these issues don’t exist.
The issue in mid-2021 is that there are a lot of people who have found ways to balance that suits them, and they are all a little different. So, after a year of figuring out the best way to handle our work and personal lives, individually, companies are forcing everyone back into the same template. The flexibility we had to find what works best for us as an individual, is gone. We all have to adjust back to whatever works for the CEO making this decision, as opposed to what works for us as individuals.
It’s hard to imagine that there are so many managers and executives who don’t understand this. Or maybe they just don’t care?
I hope the folks who lost data can somehow get it back. Losing data to a failure of any kind is a pain in the ass. On the other hand, if the ransomware plague has taught us anything, it’s to have backups, online and offline. Because anything connected to the infected device is at risk, but if I have a copy that isn’t connected to anything, it’s safe.
Yes, it’s more work. Yes, it takes time and effort.
So does figuring out how to deal with losing all of your data.
Doug’s experience tells me one thing, they’re getting better, and phishing emails are less obvious.