Wednesday, April 13, 2005

People are tired...

Traveling all over the country the last few years, and especially recently, I've started to see a common trend: people are tired. Lines at Starbucks are longer than ever, people falling asleep in meetings, and everywhere I look, I see tired people.

I'd say there are three fundamental reasons for this. One, people are burned out from the ever increasing workloads/stress and have basically given up on putting energy into their jobs. Two, the other end of the spectrum are the people who put so much energy into their careers that they just wear themselves out on a daily basis (sometimes I'm in this category!). Three, people are taking less vacation time than ever. Vacation is defined as "paid leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure." If this is what it is meant for, then why not take it?!! By not taking vacation, you become a liability to your company for more than one reason...

Speaking of tired, it is time to call it a day. I'm thinking of writing a post in the next few days on IM - "Presence or Communication?". Giving it some more thoughts.

This week's favorite comment from The Cluetrain Manifesto -- "Most corporations, on the other hand, only know how to talk in the soothing, humorless monotone of the mission statement, marketing brochure, and your-call-is-important-to-us busy signal. Same old tone, same old lies. No wonder networked markets have no respect for companies unable or unwilling to speak as they do."

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