Recently a Tribe member and I were discussing the merits of protecting our weekends as no-work zones.
As a remote based company, Tribal encourages us to adopt a flexible work/life balance, which allows us to adapt our lives and work around one around. However this freedom comes a price, which is a greater responsibility to yourself to protect what you need.
One of the main reasons I find myself working on a weekend is because some of my week days have been taken up with other activities, such as travel or personal meetings. I try to counterbalance these times by working early mornings, and later nights but more often than not it's the weekend where I can get enough time back.
My colleague did encourage me to try to switch off on a weekend, and I admit in recent months I've tried harder to complete my projects during the 5 day Monday-Friday period. Leaving the traditional weekend slot for personal projects. However I hadn't taken a conscious choice on this.
So my learning today was in a company which encourages you to flexible, it's important to create your own boundaries to maximise your work output and get your much needed down time. Mine starts this weekend.
What is perhaps most striking about Enterprise’s survey results is not that employers are able to demand more time, energy and attention from their workers in return for shrinking autonomy, stagnant wages and declining job security. Instead, it’s the reality that the bulwark that we had been clinging to against this encroachment, the modern weekend, is weakening. Our precious weekend freedom is becoming scarcer even as we try to cram more of our non-employee identity into its shrinking borders. Ponder that as you watch the clock this afternoon.