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If the issue is that people are getting burned out because they are either not taking time off, are continuing to work during their time off to avoid being overwhelmed with work that piled up, or are actually being contacted by their team members during their time off, how about we figure out how to create a culture that allows people to disconnect during their time off, instead of literally just closing up shop for a week?
This may not be bad for a lot of people, not just lawyers. “Hinshaw & Culbertson partner Steven Puiszis, the firm’s general counsel for privacy, security and compliance, described the precautions taken by lawyers at many large law firms. They typically require lawyers to take “burner” laptops and phones with them that don’t contain client…
Most of these sound awful, and the ones that are “not so voluntary” attempts to make sure workers are engaged sound even worse.
Actually, I suspect they are doing a lot more harm to engagement than good.
There are ways to network during this time. They’re different, they’re a little more work, and they take some getting used to. But they don’t need to be ridiculous, and they definitely don’t need to be forced.
In fact, this is a great time to simply send someone a note asking for 15-30 minutes of their time. Most of us are pretty open to doing exactly that with coworkers or peers in our industry. I’d be happy to find some time to have a conversation with you about my industry, or mental health, or blogging. Or even to just have a coffee or beer with virtually. We don’t even need to be on our webcams if you don’t want.
See, isn’t that better than having 50 people on mute while the CEO talks, or getting randomly matched with coworkers?
Ugh, the introvert in me shudders to think about some of these. Please, don’t. Just ask someone to get a coffee like we used to.
This is an interesting possibility: “The potential to use this data to promote workplace wellness is unparalleled,” Torous declares. “Such data may even help predict future mood states of teams and individuals — for example, proactively signaling when an employee may benefit from a day off to care for their mental health. Of course, such apps…