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13 October 2016

"I'll Be Online Later"

We rather liked this article, posted on Linkedin.  We wish young people would heed this wisdom from the working world.  (Why not write our own posts?  If you are on Linkedin, share insights on the future of work. Read the posts here, then write your own.)

"I'll Be Online Later"
by Sara Holoubek, CEO of Luminary Labs, Linkedin,
10 October 2016

“I'll be online later,” you say, grabbing your laptop as you head out the door.

“Please don’t,” say a growing number of CEOs who are radically rethinking the modern workday. Prompted by Millennials who value work-life balance, an increasingly global workforce spanning time zones, and devices that allow us to connect anywhere, anytime, these CEOs recognize the value of redesigning business to accommodate life, and not the other way around.

18 months ago, I asked my team to do the unthinkable: stop emailing after 6 p.m. and on the weekends. Hailing from places such as McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Samsung, and Omnicom, staff was somewhat skeptical that everything could be done in a 40-hour work week. But these are clearly smart people, and so in short order we prioritized tasks, right-sized meetings, and modeled the behavior from the top down. Nothing broke, and to this day, I start the day off getting work done instead of answering email.

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