It’s Monday morning. ☀️
How do you feel about that? ☕️
Are you feeling pumped?
Are you dreading it, looking at the clock and hoping it will be over soon? 🕰
Your answer to this question can have a major impact on your life. When I was in school, I was no fan of Mondays. Sadly, I think most adults feel the way I did in school, or when I was in a job I didn’t like. I understand that some people look at their work as “just a job,” and that’s OK, although sad considering we spend most of our lives at work.
They may not derive much meaning or joy from their career. Perhaps, they truly come alive after work when they’re at home with their families or pursuing a hobby. Maybe they’re happiest on the weekends binging a series. Maybe travel and vacations are where they find their bliss. But, considering we spend most of our waking hours at work, wouldn’t it be nice if we loved our jobs or at least liked them?
It would certainly be terrible if we hated what we spend most of our lives doing. I know not everyone is like me. Not everyone has to absolutely love what they do in order to be successful.
Still, something to consider. And, with the Internet affording us unlimited opportunities and the ability to monetize our hobbies and interests outside of work, why not try?
This week, I came across the following article about a bill that would make it illegal for bosses in New York City to contact employees after work hours.
Following the example of France and several European countries that implemented a similar measure, this bill seeks to help workers in NYC retain a sense of work-life balance that is more difficult to maintain in the age of digital communication.
I think such a bill would be both unnecessary and potentially harmful.
First of all, an email does not require an immediate response and if your boss is so abusive and disrespectful that he/she does expect you to respond immediately at all hours of the night OR it’s the type of job that necessitates being on-call and you’re unhappy, then find a new place to work. It’s that simple.
Secondly, it’s up to YOU to set boundaries or know what kind of job or culture it’s going to be before you start a new job. If that’s not a job you can handle, keep an eye out for new opportunities.
Finally, NYC is a working city. It’s a different lifestyle than that of Europe or many other places. Neither is good or bad. Just different. A law like this may rob NYC and the United States of its entrepreneurial spirit and the hustle mentality that makes it so vibrant and alive.
While the idealistic sentiments behind this bill are well-intentioned and I don’t support offending employers in the slightest, making it a punishable offense to email after hours could hurt business owners and employees alike.
There is no reason to legislate such a measure, especially when every job is different and messages/emails, unlike phone-calls, can always be responded to later. The nuances of each career must be taken into account.
Anyway, I don’t think this bill will pass.