Stowe Boyd – The disillusion of the work leisure barrier

You know people… and of course the natural tendency of the disillusion of the work leisure barrier. Nobody says leisure anymore, that’s a word if you talk the young kids they don’t know what the word means, literally. Leisure… “oh you mean like playing around and go to the movies?” But the idea that there is like these specific hours you do work and nothing else, and these hours you don’t do any work at all, I mean that’s… that’s so old now, it’s some of laughable. Because I would saying but on one hand management continues on with its thinking about their level of control, as if they can actually on one end take advantage of the fact that they, you know, call you at nine o’clock at night, or you get a business call at nine at night. And you will respond. It’s… assumed, you know. On the other end, they think they can somehow magically, you know, divide your life into the work and the non-work part, when it’s still radically to their advantage, or satisfies their sense of control or something, but it’s impossible, I mean it has no meaning. So… But you know all of these things are like the gradual change of people’s thinking about the nature of who we are, when we work… inside of the business when we get a paycheck to do “something”. And we’re still bound to the presumptuous notion that we get paid for the number of hours on a day that you nominally are working, and we all know that’s a fantasy.

I mean it might be meaningful for you working in a factory and those… how many hours you will there, you know, tying things together and working away, but increasingly next to nobody has that kind of work. I mean the manufacturing sector in the United States is… For better or worse, it’s out to something relatively small now, less than twenty per cent of the population some… working population.

And so for the great majority of people that are doing, you know, white collars, creative, whatever you gonna call it, professional work. It has increasing in that meaning, even in the situation where you’re still directly billing for your time. So, but the fantasy lives on. So, the old school thinking about, you know, what you owe to the business and what the business owes to you is… has raised the head in fact, but management’s… and actually a lot of people, you know, working people, their concepts, if you actually ask them to talk about it consciously, they have very old school notions at it. You know, five or ten years outdated already, but they haven’t actually re-conceptualized what’s the nature of the new social work contract is between the business and the worker, and because the work… the company hasn’t done it, it’s dictated.

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  1. Thanks, Rob. That’s an important point. There are many more rettricsions (and sensitivities) when it comes to client data or, in banking, with price-sensitive information (aka material, non-public information).But it’s also a red herring of sorts. How much of a firm’s work is really about such information? In a firm like yours or mine, there are tens of thousands of people who rarely even come in contact with such information. And for most of the remaining people, it’s a minority of what they do. Yes, there are exceptions corporate finance working on secret deals but they’re just that. Exceptions.Our approach is to focus on the 95% case and get more and more people used to working out loud. We’ll use that time and the learning that takes place to help us handle the exceptions later on.

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