Is ‘Busy Culture’ Making A Comeback?
This first appeared on Forbes on October 29, 2021.
Pre-pandemic, being seen as visibly "busy" at work — behaviors such as arriving early, staying late, and generally being seen as on the move — was a predominant (albeit flawed) marker of status and productivity. With the move to remote working, those performative markers of how hard one was working were removed, leading us to re-evaluate standard performance metrics. It also led to a loss of status in some that got their validation from the hallmarks of being seen as "always on." With more workers returning to the office, will "busy culture" creep back in? If so, what impacts will that have on promotions, status, wellbeing, and collaboration?
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