Why it’s so hard to put boundaries on our time
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Technology helped to normalised the lack of boundaries in our lives. We are attached to our phones. With the lockdowns, office closures and more limited social lives have added to the norm.
Technological convergence, where every messaging application is available on every device, has created more freedom and flexibility around where and when we work. But it has also blurred the boundaries for knowledge workers.
This situation became more exaggerated as millions of people began working from home daily. Digitalisation enabled us to tackle work quicker and with a more constant flow of new tasks and information. It means work is never 'done.'
With companies that have an always-on culture, staff may be concerned about speaking up in case of potential trouble. Others are concerned about being viewed as less hard-working.
Some businesses and national governments are starting to look at the challenges of companies that are 'always on' with specific policies, such as banning emails out-of-hours or encouraging staff to turn off notifications at weekends.
The way we approach boundaries has to do with how we think as individuals.
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