While many praise technology for the ability to allow the workday to happen anywhere and anytime, others are cursing it because of its ability to blend work and leisure time.
Jason Fried, the co-founder and CEO recently shared in his #WorkInProgress podcast with LinkedIn Editors why workers around the world are now working around-the-clock.
"People are working longer hours," Fried said, "not because there's more work to do, it's because they're not getting work done at work anymore and primarily I believe that's because of technology getting in the way of actually giving people uninterrupted stretches of time to get things done."
Fried explained that technology adds the extra burden with more real-time communications, combined with more meetings and tasks divided into smaller segments. Workers in some industries are expected to follow up to a dozen real-time conversations that if they miss something, can impact their work quality. Additionally, by missing this real-time communication, as well as participating in it, it can also extend a person's workday.
It's been called the death of the 9 to 5 schedule.
Many, including LinkedIn Managing News Editor Caroline Fairchild, blame the gig economy and the need many have to work several jobs. The Millennials especially feels this crunch, with a higher cost of living than previous generations combined with higher debt such as student loans. These workers may work their full-time job, plus other work in the "gig economy," which may entail several side jobs, "side hustles" or "gigs." This can be editing assignments with a site like TaskRabbit, being an Uber or Lyft driver, or working at a restaurant or shop in one's neighborhood.
Other experts lament that the "weekend is dying," including Katrina Onstad who wrote a book and editorial for NBC on the topic. Technology, the virtual workplace and the gig economy were again factors that are part of the blame. People are forever on call, carrying their work home on their smartphones and answering work calls and emails throughout the day and night.
Some have praised the lifestyle, noting that working 60+ hours weekly signifies achiever status and with self-employment, one doesn't stop working until the job is done.
"'Efficient multitasking' is a myth," one commenter on LinkedIn explained.
Another said that understanding priorities is another way to tame the 24-hour work cycle beast.
Blending technology with reasonable goals was one suggestion for prioritizing and setting up the boundaries for work-life balance, to work smarter and not harder.
Several aptly summed it up that "no epitaph ever says I "wish I worked more hours."
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Kylie Jenner is trying to cash in on her viral “Rise and Shine” moment, but she’s running into some legal issues along the way.What’s up? It’s Emile Ennis Jr. here with Clevver News and last week, Kylie filed to trademark her now-famous catchphrase, “Rise and Shine.”You know this one, from her office tour video that’s now one of my favorite memes of the year.Obviously the internet went crazy for this moment. The hashtag #riseandshine became the fastest ever to hit a billion views on the TikTok.Celebs including Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lizzo, also got in on the fun and have recreated the tune and put their own spin on it.And Kylie, being the business woman she is, capitalized on the phrase by launching two “rise and shine” hoodies on her website that sold out almost instantly.So it’s no surprise that she’s filed to trademark the phrase so she can have it for all eternity and make money off of it for as long as she can.According to the trademark website, Kylie filed for two separate trademarks for both clothing and cosmetics. She also filed for a clothing trademark under "Riiise and Shiiinnee” with some extra I’s.And according to the filings, the trademark could cover belts, bottoms, coats, dresses, footwear, gloves, jackets, and more articles of clothing. But now Kylie is running into some serious legal issues with the newfound success of trademarking “Rise and Shine.According to The Blast, a businesswoman and single mother in New Jersey already owns a trademark for the catchphrase.The woman’s name is Cathy Beggan and she just came forward, saying she is the rightful owner of a trademark for the catchphrase.Her company Rise-N-Shine LLC is a nutritional supplement, vitamin, and cosmetics company that she established back in 2006.Cathy told The Blast that she has one main issue with Kylie capitalizing on the phrase. She said that Kylie is quote, “already using the phrase, without the legal license or permission to do so and without any offer of compensation."She explained that Kylie is trying to produce products similar to what her company already makes under the same trademark.And Cathy is willing to fight for her trademark and her company.She said quote, “We have never sought to frivolously enforce our trademark - in fact, this will be the first time we have ever attempted to enforce it - but I have to defend my and my company’s rights in this case.”But she IS willing to be flexible under one condition. She said quote, “If Kylie is willing to sing a jingle for my company, we will consider licensing the phrase to her for use with certain non-competing products, in exchange for a reasonable licensing fee.” Well I guess that’s sort of women supporting women right? Cathy thinks so!I’d also like to hear from Kylie personally… but it will be interesting to see if Cathy actually does.And even when Kylie originally filed for the trademark, fans had mixed feelings about it online.Twitter was blowing up with reactions.And these tweets do help us see both sides of the trademark battle here. While Kylie is capitalizing off the meme of the moment and being an entrepreneur, this is Cathy’s life’s work. So I guess we will just have to wait and see how this all plays out. I hope Kylie does sing a jingle for Cathy’s company.
Clever News October 30, 2019