Knowledge workers’ diseases

A few days ago I wrote about a interesting career manifesto, that I found to be truly unique and interesting. I also agreed with most of that manifesto, because it made me take a different view about my professional life – in a positive way.

Most recently a good friend of mine wrote an interesting comment about the #1 point, stating that knowledge workers also face great dangers: stress, lack of free time and, therefore, growing heart diseases, cancers and other lifestyle related diseases.

At first I didn’t really think that we (knowledge workers) face real dangers and that we just have to take same care (exercise, eating well, etc…), but it’s not that simple (especially if you’re a consultant). Life as a knowledge worker is quite problematic because we have to address challenges in a non-regular way. We also have many task ambiguity, that leads to stress. The border between work and personal life is tenuous and hard to differentiate. We live to work and we work to live (ask yourself how much time do you spend doing work-related stuff: commuting, working, etc).

The constant pressure we face, together with your inability to “get away from work” leads to a new, yet unhealthy, lifestyle, that can ultimately facilitate the diseases (or conditions) we previously mentioned.

My own advice is to check your own priorities. Understand that work is important but not the most important thing on your life. Work gives you power and money, but won’t give you happiness. Family, friends, time for yourself and enjoyable work will.

Última actualização: 03/12/2010


3 comentários a Knowledge workers’ diseases

  1. AudiA3 Janeiro 2, 2007 at 14:42 #

    I agree with your post. People don’t realize the damage that a work only oriented lifestyle can do. But are they the only ones to blame? Companies push people to either exceed or die. This completly destroys work-personal life balance forcing people to live to work never taking vacations in order to exceed, never go out with friends and stuff like that. Which only undermines your personal life.
    I guess this is the way things are but it shouldn’t be so.
    Those who are in charge of the corporate world should think more about this when developing peopleºs career paths.

  2. Pedro Pais Janeiro 2, 2007 at 19:50 #

    I couldn’t agree more with you.

    I see that situation as an unfortunate growing trend. As you said, nowadays people’s life path is a derivative from your professional life – that is, you fit your personal life within your work, not the other way around.

    That’s why I want so much to create my own company. I know success requires effort and hard work, but I don’t really think companies’ leaders fully understand that a happy person (with his/her life) is a more productive employee. Companies usually promote lots of actions to motivate employees. But do they care about our personal life?

    AudiA3, thanks for being so participative. Please keep stopping by.

  3. CF Janeiro 6, 2007 at 22:55 #

    Nice……….I see that you did thought about my comment 🙂

    I want to add some points to your comments:

    First of all, I think that you are making a little mistake. We are the ones that choose what to do and accept the offers. If I accept something that we I wasn’t expecting, first of all, I should have make all the questions and second I can quit. Therefore we choose our job accepting the life style that it gives.

    To conclude, I don’t think you that by creating your own business you are going to work less hours, have less stress, have better lifestyle, and so on……actually I think that having a own business is everything but less working hours, stress…..etc…..the only thing that changes is that you are working for something that is yours……………improving your patrimony.

    Just wanted to tease you guys a little bit 🙂

    Secondly, you mensioned that companies aren’t interested in our lifestyle, I totally disagree, because I don’t think that companies want their employees go to work not motivated, waiting for one opportunity in other companies. I think that they want that their employees go totally motivated, giving 100% and have a nice life. Unfortnatly they care more for the money and the life style that most of the people should have, don’t have because there’s a shortage of people in some areas, and like you said, in consultance is where we can see better these poor life style.

    Thirdly, I think that there’s time for everything and everyone. I think that there’s time in our lifes that we should play, learn, study, work, hang around, do nothing……….and that only depends of the individual…….is each one of us that should plan the lifestyle and what to do and more important grab the right opportunities….

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