Earlier, work was work and life was away from it. Now, work is life and there is no life where your work is not present.
There are multiple reasons for it.
- Most people, now, go to work in cities far away from their families and homes. They do not know anyone there except colleagues from office and college friends who come along with them. In the beginning, that is the whole social spectrum which new working professionals get to experience. This, inevitably, ends in them spending more time at work and assuming that “work = life” is the norm.
- A very crucial part of rising up the ladder in corporate hierarchy is, networking. To do that, you have to forge friendships at the place of your work, spend more time needlessly at work and build ‘relations’- so to say. Again, “Work = Life”
- In the beginning, when things are new and shiny, there is an excitement to gobble up this new world as quick and as much as possible. So people do not mind slogging, spending long hours in the office working. Fair enough. This becomes problematic when, later on, the excitement is dead. And in giving everything to your work, you have killed your life outside it. In that case, because there is hardly any life left out of work, what follows is : “Work = Life”
- In India, I find a particularly disturbing pattern. That, of having NO personal hobbies. In most cases, the best means of killing time which people come up with are : watching crappy bollywood movies, going out for dinner, holding meaningless conversations and just giggling, apart from trying to become Americanized. As there are hardly any personal skill enhancing activities undertaken, people, when they are short of friends, have absolutely nothing to do. And so, they work more and make that their life for the fear of loneliness. Again, “Work = Life”
I feel, we, as a community, can be more constructive with ourselves. There is a need to make people understand that slogging in not living. Quality of life needs to be improved. There should be a concentrated effort towards gaining more depth in your personality, towards growing, towards giving more shine and quality to each day we live.
Let there be sunshine.