If ‘I can’t come and kill myself!’ was a person, it would have to be Gen Z. Say what you will about them, but hard labor is not for them, and I aspire to that. I don’t know if it’s our upbringing or dark magic, but we got scammed into joining the rat race. Just think about it. As a kid, you would see your parents working late in the evenings or on the weekends, missing dinners, your junior league baseball games, and even your graduation. (Peewee graduation, but it still counts!) That kind of dedication to work was what was expected. But where is the balance? Some of our parents can’t even sit down with us for a few minutes before awkward gaps in conversations arise. All because they don’t know us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that. So how can I strike that balance?
Boundaries. Your employer will take everything you have to give, but it still won’t be enough. You will work late nights and come in on the weekends. Answer emails at the dinner table, but they will still demand more. So set your boundaries and stay firm. Don’t waver. If your workday ends at 5 pm, at 5.01, you should be in your car heading home. If your employer asks you why you aren’t ‘pulling your weight,’ politely but firmly tell them that your contract puts in specific working hours, and you will stick to them. The biggest threat given is that they can always get other workers. But if this pandemic has taught us something, it is that businesses need workers more than workers need them. Those are empty threats. Put in your time, switch off at the end of the day, and go live your life. It’s all about balance, baby!