If affluent, relatively happy people are substituting their coffee and wine routine for Ritalin and Xanax, at what point does the proverbial house of cards topple?
In the last several weeks, I had two radically different experiences spending extended time with leaders at two large, global companies. A long, alcohol-fueled dinner with the first group was a pure downer: dull, rote and devoid of positive energy. The day with the second — a group of young manage. . .
More than one in seven Americans employed full-time now spend ten or more hours per day at work, not including commuting time. One in seven, or about 14 percent, may not sound like a lot but that works out to 15.2 million people, equal to the combined populations of New York, LA and Chicago.
You know the drill. You put on your game face when you walk into work. "How are you?" a colleague asks, by rote and without real interest. "Fine," you respond, automatically, regardless of how you're actually feeling.
Now more than ever we need to reinsert the boundaries in our lives between work and home so that when we are working, we are fully engaged in our work and when we are not working we are fully disengaged.