Professionals Can't Escape the Work Vortex
IT professionals are increasingly being swept into what can only be described as a "work vortex": a never-ending cycle of time-consuming, always-increasing tasks and responsibilities that are paired with ever-shrinking personal boundaries. There was a time (in the not-too-distant past) when work was work and off-time meant, well, anything but work. Today, that once-respected work-life line has been vaporized into the Ethernet—an apt analogy since we can credit technology for our anytime/anywhere/always-on work status. To illustrate this ongoing trend, we've included the following findings from a collection of surveys from the Center for Creative Leadership and Right Management. Judging from the findings, it's clear that we're expected to work far longer hours, answer more emails and sit in more poorly planned or unnecessary meetings than ever before—and that means we're perpetually on the clock. More than 480 respondents took part in the Center for Creative Leadership research, and 325 employees took part in the most recent of several Right Management surveys we're highlighting here.