|Today’s business environment has a true opportunity to engage the workforce 24/7 and while it may seem like a never-ending work commitment, it is the flexibility (i.e. no commute, time for family) and acceptance for diversity that allows for higher potential engagement levels that in turn benefits employers. For example, some of us have great ideas in the middle of the night, right? Others, prefer to not be LinkedIn. Furthermore, there are individuals with family responsibilities vs. single employees in a work environment and the fact that someone is “connected virtually” 24/7 should not be a measure of their “commitment” given the diversity present.
Balance is unique to the desires of each individual. Virtual forums have a real benefit for engaging talent while allowing greater flexibility to achieve Work-Life Balance. Noting there are limitations is important. At the end of the day, technology can only go so far in developing strong relationships built on trust. Thus, technology can engage the community, allowing for greater balance and information sharing but it cannot replace the foundations of face to face communications. Which brings us back to the operative word…”balance”. To define it, I would say both the sender and receiver need to respect implied boundaries that are necessary for personal respect and respect of others.