At the end of the day, maybe this simple statement might explain a lot of what we are dealing with in the “return to work” process.
Find a work/life balance that suits you.
The struggle with always on technology has always been about this. Some of us will take advantage of the technology to take care of some work at odd hours, to facilitate a break in our day, or just to catch up due to other circumstances. Others simply need to power off and disconnect from work at the end of the work day. We are all different, and we’re all working the balancing act the best way we can.
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?