Editor’s note: for some reason this post got posted as a page, not a blog post.. which is kinda crazy and definitely speaks to my inability to set aside time to really learn this platform.. so just to be safe i’m reposting this blog post as an article.
The statement “this isn’t an 8 to 5 job” isn’t a euphemism for an odd schedule.. it’s a statement that we expect you to work 24-7. We want you to check in on your days off.. we want you to work after the kids are in bed, we want you to put emails on your phone and respond in the off hours.
This is business in
the internet age
This is business in the internet age. You are connected at all times and you are working at all times. This is most true if your a professional. If you put up toys on the shelf at Walmart for a living.. you are not expected to work when your home, it is impossible to work from home. If your a nurse practitioner, well yes, you’ve always lived like this because it was a matter of life and death.. quite literally.
But if your an engineer.. a CAD person, A software coder, a customer service person… and you hear “This isn’t an 8 to 5 job” what the company is really saying is “we work you to death..” We chew you up and spit you out. You are nothing but a resource to be mined until you are useless.
And I think your average worker is starting to catch on.. and this may not be very good for business in general. Don’t believe me, check out: DOL Announces Long-Awaited Overtime Expansion Proposal.