Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger. Does this sound like your workplace? Maybe you would add other descriptors like stressful, fast-paced and ever-changing. Workload and demands are high while resources and time are in short supply. The spectre of the 2008 recession has everyone running hard to avoid being the company that doesn’t make it or the employee who is made redundant.
Don’t misunderstand. Competition and working hard are good things. But sustainability and balance are equally important, and these qualities are scarce right now. Words like “family-friendly” or “employer of choice” appear in the text of companies’ websites, but they are not lived realities for most employees.