- 10/30/2013 9:39:17 PM
@Maryam, making those sacrifices is all right if a person knows at the outset that they'll be making those trade-offs. Where bosses get you is the "creeping" responsibilities. It starts as one late night, or one Saturday email, and then next thing you know, you're doing three jobs but getting paid for one still.
- by impactnow, Blogger
- 10/30/2013 1:52:15 PM
I think it's appropriate to have your own space but some jobs are more demanding than others. It's important to determine your personal career goals and the sacrifices it might require to your personal life. Some jobs just require long hours because of their deliverables. I was a product manager for many years and it required a night shift when we had new releases. Just part of the job.
- 10/30/2013 12:18:36 PM
You're right, it does vary from boss to organization. In my previous job I was very much working 9 to 5. The moment the clock turned 5, I was on the train and work was not even remotely on my mind. At my new job, I'm working until 7, on call until about 9, and that doesn't even include the work I'm doing on the weekends or until 2am.
- 10/30/2013 12:16:38 PM
Agree with Broadway on this one, that's just not a question that can be asked without it making you look bad. Better off just making yourself harder to reach on the weekends and only answer emails for firedrills.
- by impactnow, Blogger
- 10/30/2013 12:14:24 AM
I agree it's about boundaries but those boundaries vary by boss and
organization. I had one boss that thought it was appropriate to contact you
after 6 on a Sunday. That was his start to the week. Another that thought the
whole weekend and vacations were fair game. I just made myself harder to reach
at those times or stated that I was going to be engaged in whatever on the weekend and had limited access. Now if there was truly an urgent issue I did work when needed.
- 10/29/2013 11:24:27 PM
@Hospice, that's not a question that a prospective employee would raise during the interview process (Q: you won't expect me to answer emails on weekends, right?). So the best way for an employee to establish it would be to, as soon as possible, establish the practice of NOT responding to emails at night and on the weekends.
- by Hospice_Houngbo, Prospector
- 10/29/2013 9:24:45 PM
"From a cultural standpoint though, why are our bosses sending us these emails on Saturdays and Sundays? At what point did our weekends becomes nothing more than really slow workdays?"
It is something to discuss with the bosses and let them know that weekends are not workdays. Unfortunately many employees will not dare to tell their bosses what they feel and will just complain behind them.
- 10/29/2013 12:24:32 PM
I agree with you, there's no reason for those things to be on all the time. At the very least, people need to turn their email off...they will be so much more relaxed.
From a cultural standpoint though, why are our bosses sending us these emails on Saturdays and Sundays? At what point did our weekends becomes nothing more than really slow workdays?
- 10/28/2013 8:30:34 AM
@chapAnjou, I think the key for everyone to remember is simply knowing when to put down the smartphone and tablet and laptop. I've worked very hard at simply not checking email for a whole Sunday, say. Or if you check email, only deal with the emails that are critical -- like from your boss, current client, boss' boss, etc.
- 10/27/2013 4:57:27 PM
While I'm shocked to think that millennials don't think work-life balance is possible, I also think this is becoming a cultural thing. The unfortunate side-effect of always being connected is we never know when the work day ends.