Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.06
#TeaTimeThoughts from Steve Perky
I don't know about you but one of the challenges I both experience personally and observe in other people is an eroding space to rest, rejuvenate, and just think. Between the expectations of our digital culture and possibly workplace, we have less time to escape from digital interruptions and truly rest and rejuvenate.
Here are a couple of articles I read recently that speak to this and raise questions we as individuals and leaders in our families, churches, and organizations need to consider.
"Always On" Workplace Culture
A recent Inc.com article about Elon Musk highlights an email he sent to his employees at 1:20 in the morning. In that email he not only announced layoffs but also chides those who remain to work harder than ever before. The fact that he sent this email in the wee hours of the morning communicates to his team that they should not be sleeping either.
There was a period in time when sending an email at this time a day would not send as big of a message as is does today. Before our technology became untethered from the wall and ubiquitously ever present in our mobile lives, the recipients would not have had an avenue to receive and read an email at that time of day. While I don't comprehend it, the data suggest many people sleep with their smartphones. I presume the culture of Musk's organizations has lead people to have their phones with them 24 hours a day. An email like this would definitely ruin what sleep and rest time was left for that night.
Death of the Sick Day
In the same light, with our ever connected workplace culture, a New York Times article came out discussing the death of the sick day. While our freedom to work from anywhere at any time is more prevalent in today's workplace, it could lead to a different type of abuse than what bosses fear the most. That fear that our workers will abuse the remote working environment and not do their work could be the least of their worries.
I, personally, have worked from home on days when I felt sick enough that going into the office would have either contaminated other people or drained my energy to unhealthy levels. But at what point do we move from wisely working remotely to abusing our bodies when they need rest?
I don't have the answer, but it is something that I believe we need to think about with our own staff and teams. If we believe 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we need to set boundaries and intentionally schedule uninterrupted rest and think time.
Questions I have been personally thinking about in response to this phenomenon in our culture:
- Am I intentional about how I schedule my time to think and rest?
- Do I intentionally build in time to disconnect from the digital world?
- Am I intentional about creating a healthy culture for my team?
- As a Christian do my actions reflect my belief that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?
- Turn off notifications on your smartphone or put into after hours mode so you don't get notifications of new emails, texts, social media posts.
- Check out these tips for managing email https://hbr.org/2019/01/how-to-spend-way-less-time-on-email-every-day
Quote of the Week
"If you don't prioritize your life, someone will."
McKeown, Greg: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (p. 10). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
By: Greg McKeown
The Weekly Focus is a summary of what I am reading, listening to, discovering, and learning this week. These include some of my thoughts and ideas around life, ministry, technology, culture, leadership, strategy, and communications. I pray these thoughts will help us all be better people, spouses, leaders, and learners as we live intentionally in our converged digital/physical daily lives.