The Never-Ending Work Day

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we start to get part-time jobs and internships to beef up our resumes in preparation for the “real-world” beyond college, we get a glimpse of the schedule of life in the work force.

Is technology hurting or helping individuals? With ever-evolving technology communication is faster and more efficient, allowing for 24/7 contact with people an ocean way. Cool, right? To a certain extent, yes. The world gets to be a smaller place when you can see and hear your loved ones all around the world with a single tap on a lit-up screen. What follows though, is the unfortunate consequences of these innovations within work culture. This tool is not only used for personal purposes, but also for business transactions. This means that international commerce is far more efficient than it was in the days of pigeon mail, but it also means that the work day no longer has a clock-out option.

With 24/7 access to your email, you are tethered to your electronic devices like a life source. Your boss can send you an email in the middle of dinner with your family, well after you left the office at the end of your 9-5 schedule, and you are still fully expected to respond promptly.

What is this need to be “tuned-in” and “turned-on” at all times, and how does this help (or more importantly, hurt) us as members of the work force? The need for constant, rapid communication leads to people always checking their phones for notifications they aren’t even expecting, always feeling slightly unsettled and on-edge.

The brain needs time to be shut-off, and allowed to relax. Every ping of your phone that drags you back into your work gets you further away from fully reaching a state of relaxation. This results in poorer quality of work and strain on your mental and physical health.

Countries like France have taken this into account and have made the work day fit within strict hours and do not allow for work-related emails outside of the office.. The U.S. should follow suit and allow for a guaranteed mental separation between work and home life, encouraging and allowing for more mental self-care and quality time with loved ones.

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Virginia Roa

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