Economic Volatility – The first reason for stating that volatility is the new norm is the unprecedented lack of predictability in terms of the economic times we live in. It appears we are in a cycle of change and upheaval in terms of jobs, technology, and business operations.
Expectations for Stellar Performance from Employees – Employees and managers alike are expected to be plugged in and tuned into work for far longer than the standard work day. The expectation that texts, emails, and posts will be read and responded to after hours, during days off, and during vacation periods is considered by many to be normal.
Conflict between Work and Personal Time –The boundary between work and personal time is blurry at best. The push to achieve and in some cases do more with less has people working later and starting earlier. Smart phones and tablets are readily given out with the anticipation that availability is ensured on a 24/7 basis.
We are in a paradigm shift and it is imperative that as individuals we find ways to unplug and stay focused in what is for the most part largely uncharted territory.
Marie-Helene Sakowski – Business Consultant Change & Transition, at firstname.lastname@example.org.