HR: Does business hours mean all hours?Shared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Read full article Has “normal business hours” become a thing of the past? These days, I rarely meet anyone who almost immediately following waking up in the morning, wont grab their phone from the bedside to check their email, or who considers their nights to be personal or family time, which not so long ago seemed the norm. What is it about modern day issues and work problems that are more important than those that we were facing years ago that can’t wait until the next day? Or is it a simple case that our ability to prioritize is being depleted due to such ease of systems access which allows many organisations’ staff to turn any computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device into a make-shift work station?I’m as guilty as the next person of the late night emails and struggling to switch off but I’m one of the lucky ones who enjoys what I do enough that it doesn’t feel like a chore. What about those who aren’t as lucky and feel like they don’t have the pressure release of being able to go home and un-wind?Human nature dictates that if we get too used to something, it becomes habitual and we begin to expect it. This being the case, if this isn’t carefully managed, how long will it be before being “switched on” at all times is an expected part of a job as opposed to it being a sign of an engaged and happy employee who will strive to go above and beyond any contractual obligations? Don’t get me wrong, the huge emphasis which these days is placed on interoperability and mobility of internal systems of course is a great thing and phenomenal feat in technology advancement but with it comes the potential for more risk, more pressure and more un-happy staff if it is not managed well. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Campaigners led by Philip Pullman are celebrating a victory in the fight to save a historic Oxford boatyard.Last Wednesday, planning inspector Ava Woods rejected a proposal to build 54 housing units in Jericho’s Castle Mill Boatyard.The plans by Spring Residential, a property company who bought the site in 2006, were deemed ‘out of place’ and ‘sterile’, by the inspector, who echoed Pullman’s earlier concerns.The Exeter College alumnus had feared that the boatyard, which featured in the His Dark Materials trilogy, would be reduced to ‘a cluster of identikit houses’. Pullman, however, said the survival of the boatyard is not yet guaranteed, “it’s a very good result but it is only a stage on the way to restoring a full working boatyard.”