by Colleen Riggle
When do you leave work? When you LEAVE work do you really leave work? Or do you feel like technology keeps you continually connected to the office?
In this recent article, it brought up the thought again, for me, about working, balance and having a family (or not). Here is a quote from the article:
“But, let’s forget about having family or being married for a minute. 5:30 as an on average time for going home should be acceptable for everyone — single or not single … family or no family — assuming you don’t come into the office everyday at 11 a.m.”
So let me ask you again, when do you leave work? Do you ever get “the look” if you leave at five minutes til? Or maybe come in a few minutes late?
For me, I have worked a 7:30-4:30 schedule for several years. I adjusted my hours more so to avoid traffic and to carpool with my hubby, however it’s shifted now to being able to get home in time enough to kiss my baby good night!
The article brings up an interesting point about work, and what we used to have to only do in the office most of us can do from our phone, tablet or other mobile device. I’ll be honest that I work a pretty strict 8 hours work day for family reasons, but I am known to read and respond to email at night or in the wee hours of the morning. It’s not expected nor is it encouraged however, it helps allow me to not feel guilty when or if I were ever to get the looks leaving at 4:30p.m. Honestly what was most difficult were 4 p.m. meetings that would run over and feeling guilty about having to excuse myself, so now I have made a point to end my available meeting time at 4 p.m. It’s been actually quite beneficial because it gives me time to wrap up and prepare for the next day!
So how do you feel technology has changed the way you work or the hours in which you work? Is telecommuting acceptable? Granted many of us in Student Affairs work with students, so being available to meet with them is key. However, I do find technology allows the boundaries of the traditional work day to be blurred a bit and often extend into what would have been traditionally seen as non-work hours.