In an increasingly online marketplace with business automation as the next frontier of every strategy, your company is only as strong as the software you're using. A business’s software "stack" decides how agile it can or cannot be, especially in making the most of available manpower. While that is crucial to the success of SMBs, it goes for larger businesses too.
Burnout is used to describe the mental collapse that accompanies becoming exhausted performing specific tasks or jobs, commonly to a point where you no longer feel passion and/or a desire to perform anymore. I have worked in the Information Technology space for 16+ years as everything from cable tech to IT Director before becoming a full time developer. I have seen a number of people burn out and switch careers, giving up their comfortable salaries to do something, anything, that doesn't involve computers.
Imagine this scenario
You've come to the end of the year and have worked hard to make a living. You were a faithful employee, giving your time in and out of office hours. When someone needed off, you covered for them. When you needed a break, you pushed through to show your commitment to your team. To top it all off, you donated over $500 back to your employer.
What if I told you this scenario was true for 52% of Americans?
Greatest Source of Stress
Surprise, surprise - as if you hadn't already guessed. According to Steve L. Sauter of the Nation Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the workplace has become the single greatest source of stress. This is exactly what a healthy work-life balance can alleviate if executed correctly. Society has evolved to a point where much pressure is placed on
The Evolution of Learning
The way we, as humans, learn seems constantly in flux. Not long ago, it was common for schoolrooms to host kindergartners through twelfth-graders alike. Even in the 1950s, there existed singular schoolrooms for children of all ages.
More recently, children grew up with different teachers each year, and if you had a background similar to myself, you might have been in a different building for each grade as well. But even now, the evolution of technology has spurred a simultaneous shift in the educational process, and learning looks quite different than it did even two decades ago.
The new age workplace politics
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." The great Winston Churchill once said this to a journalist, as the story goes. I've always admired this quote and thought it introduced a great principal to live by -- stand up for what you believe in. Little did I realize what this motto could snowball into, as society entered the Information Age, where seemingly everyone became an 'Armchair Politician.'
A mom-friendly workplace
When I started writing, I was trying to write about what makes a mom-friendly workplace. I soon found that I had something more to explain before I could write that blog, which will have to come another day. First, I need to tell you a story.
Value in a good night's sleep
We all know how important a good night's sleep is to both our mental and physical health. We've heard it time and again that we should be getting 8 hours of sleep a night... which amounts to sleeping away a third of our lives. When we were young and our day-to-day responsibilities were a fraction of what they are in our adult lives, we could log 12 hours of sleep and not think twice.
Occasionally we might have to sacrifice some of those hours to catch up on school work but when the weekend came around lunch would quickly turn into breakfast... but that doesn't last.
How cool is that we are fortunate enough to live in world where we are no longer limited to accomplishing all of our work from the confines of an office.