There is an absolute melding between what is work life and what is leisure. The challenge for employers is to make the work week as interesting as the weekend, because with blackberries, mobile phones and email – leisure time is becoming more like work.
Many employees are now expected to be ‘on call & available’ people who receive emails at 10.00pm at night are expected to have them answered before 7.00am the next day.
I met a man this week who works for a large organisation and he said if he has his ‘crackberry’ with him on weekends he just can’t help himself – he has to check in on what is going on. So he now has a different mobile phone – just for the weekend.
Down time is just as important as work time – having no time to be creative, or think things through means that new ideas, and innovation are much harder to come by.
I was speaking with a friend of mine last night who told me of a person who was simply the most successful in his field – and he only worked 4 hours a day. The rest of the time he spent ‘playing’, reading and learning about completely different subjects. But when he focussed he really focussed.
I am just back from holidays – and I have come back with a million ideas. (no laptop for 10 days straight). It is so very important to have creative time. This is where great ideas come from.
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl – isn’t that how the saying goes.