Sick Time in the New Millenium

Since Sun's birth in 1982, there has been a "Work Hard, Play Hard" mantra within the company.   The drive & passion of the early Sun employees helped Sun become successful.

Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, "Work Hard, Play Hard" is still alive & well within Sun.   But, is it shifting?....

With WFH (Working From Home) being an option for more Sun employees, I sometimes wonder if some people are working too hard and not playing (or resting) enough.   Is "Work Hard, Play Hard" becoming "Work Hard, Play & Rest A Bit"?

Where is my question coming from?   In our global organisation, our engineers and managers often use email to let others know when they are not feeling well.   Before WFH, we would see emails such as:

   Feeling like crap.  Staying home.
   Hope to be back in action tomorrow.

Since WFH, more and more we see emails such as:

  Feeling like crap.  Staying in bed.
  Will be reading email.  All devices on.

Longer hours, stranger hours, global teams, higher volumes of email, global concalls, working from home.   Yes, the working "day" is evolving.   Juggling everything & staying on top of things can be a challenge.  

But when ill...   when people are really feeling like crap, they need to find the strength to power off all the devices and take a real rest.   When not well, "Recover Well, Work Hard" should replace "Work Hard, Play Hard".

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