We all know that sleeping on the job — with some exceptions — is not a good career move. But thanks to high-tech hand-held devices and others wonders, sleeping off the job, including in your own bed at night, may be on the way out.
Take this reader, for example:
“We were in a leadership meeting on a Wednesday at noon. We had a project due Thursday. Worked on the project Wednesday afternoon and sent it up for review around 5 p.m. Got comments back at 7 p.m. Sent some information to contractor at 9 p.m. and logged off (from home). Checked around 11:30 and the contractor had made the changes so I sent them on to the boss. There was also an earlier message from the boss that asked who I had invited to the meeting the next day. Well I hadn’t because I did not see the need. Now panicking, I am sending invites out at midnight.
Go to sleep and getting ready to leave the house Thursday morning around 7 a.m., my BlackBerry goes off — it’s the boss. ‘Did you see the email yet?’
‘The one from 7 p.m.? Yes I did and responded already.’
‘No no no, the one from this morning.’
‘No, I haven’t,’ I replied. I then received a ‘learning’ speech about how when you are doing an important project you need to keep checking your BlackBerry.
I guess sleeping is not an option, especially in the high intensity world of accounting. Oh, and those people I invited to the meeting… Turns out my guess was incorrect, so I had to uninvite that morning as well. — T at Agency X
Another reader shares this story:
“I used to stay late, if needed, and work Saturdays in special cases. But our organization works on the premise of: “It’s not what you’ve done for me in the past but what have you done for me lately. Suffice it to say I give them eight hours, and that’s it. With the impending doom and attrition, we will be doing more with less and this lesson needs to be passed on. I tell everyone not to worry; it will be there again tomorrow.” — Been there, done that!
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