CEOs pressure their executives to put in more time. In turn, executives pressure managers who then pressure their employees, with smartphones keeping us tethered to the office 24-7.
Meanwhile, big-box retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving because shoppers can’t possibly wait until midnight on Friday to start shopping.
Tim Kreider described this busyness trap in a recent column for The New York Times—a column that also inspired a PR Daily contribution from Melissa Johnson—in which Kreider describes “busy” as the default response whenever you ask someone how they’re doing, even if that busyness is a result of self-imposed deadlines and activities.
Meanwhile, “family-friendly” and “work-life balance” are no longer talked about in the modern workplace because of what Tim Kreider calls a “pretense of indispensability.”
According to Kreider: