I suspect that one of the unspoken, but very real, reasons why there are so many people willing to quit instead of coming back to work in the office, is related to an unwillingness to share the same space with people we simply don’t like.
If you’ve seen references to a court ruling sort of redefining the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act recently, or even if you haven’t, this paragraph from the folks at McGuire Woods boils down the real life implications pretty well.
I do think this is going to be one of the big balancing acts that organizations are going to have to conduct when it comes to wellbeing. How do I keep track of how my employees are doing, without violating their privacy?
Where I will disagree with Doug though is when he says few people are talking about this. I have this conversation with clients, peers, and others, every single day, sometimes multiple times in a day.
Everyone is talking about it, but they aren’t talking about it in regards to email, rather it is within collaboration platforms like Teams and Slack where shared files are always links, and those links may be in a variety of locations.
Those linked files matter, but not in the same way an email attachment used it, and legal teams are going to have to understand all of that. Is your team ready?
Whether you want to talk about social media posts about “always grinding”, the never-ending side-hustle, etc. even in the midst of a global pandemic and the acknowledgement of the mental health issues tied to overwork, we still brag about how much we overwork. In the workplace, we talk a good game about employee wellness, and work-life balance, but who wins all the accolades at the end of each project, or quarter? The folks who put in the “extra effort”. (aka “hours”)
It’s as if we never really left that early Protestant environment, and it’s the same reason why so many people who have been successful have such a hard time accepting that things have changed. We still hang on to the belief that says good people work hard, and that hard work leads to success. Bad people don’t work hard, and this is why they don’t have success.