Eat, Fray, Love: Working Issues

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Ruth McCambridge


On the radio this morning I heard a report that said that people who work more than 11 hours a day are subject to greater health problems – particularly regarding  the heart. Duh!

Over the course of my career, I have known so many people whose boundaries between their work and personal lives are so slight.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

As I watch some of my younger colleagues, I see them working equally as hard as I have in my past, and with as much passion. Yet, I also hear that people have greater boundaries between their work and their personal lives. I actually believe that the gusto with which my younger colleagues are taking up the work that we have all stewarded, and taking it to a completely different place than we could ever have imagined is an awesome sight. The way that it’s happening and the assumptions that people have about their work may be changing, but the passion and willingness to fray around the edges in pursuit of a goal is still very much present.

I would love to hear from our readers about what they are really experiencing as changes in the workplace – not just related to generational change but also as incited by technology, new assumptions about the relationship of oneself to an employer, and whatever else you observe to be of importance.

The reason I am asking this question is because the next issue of our magazine will be about talent in the workplace.

Please, when you answer my question, don’t simply repeat what you’ve heard; give us vivid examples of how talent – both paid and unpaid – is appearing and being used differently from previous years.

Meanwhile, I’m passing along the latest from Dr. Conflict, which should give you a flavor of the excitement we think inhabits our workplace environments right now.

Looking forward to hearing from you!