Work

Work, Work, Work

So, you work a lot? That means a lot of different things to different people. It could mean that you feel you work all the time or maybe you put in a lot of hours per week. Maybe you feel that your time management skills could be better. Spinning your wheels so to speak. Either way, the idea of it makes you sigh! Makes you feel tired, withdrawn, exhausted, or defeated. Where do I start? What do I do?

I speak about trucking because I was a driver for 30 years. I certainly know a thing or two about time management, as the whole trucking industry is built on time restraints. Be here at this time, be there at that time. Most drivers have experience with this daily. Here is your load, it must be there on this date and time. Well that’s fine if you’re running a 3-hour trip. But when you’re going from the Maritimes to California it becomes a time management issue to take the right route, get it done on time, follow the rules, pay attention to hours of service, load security issues, traffic issues, paperwork, fuelling points, customs, etc. You get the point.

A lot of times the driver isn’t being compensated for all their time. And maybe you aren’t at times either, in your job. Doing more with less seems to be the corporate spirit these days.

Think about this for a minute… This may apply to you and your work in your industry.

Worker Shortages?

There is a lot of talk in the trucking industry about driver shortages. There aren’t enough people to drive the trucks or do the work. Except that’s not really the problem at all. We now live in an information age, not an industrial age. Years ago, people were conditioned to think that working 70 to 80 hours per week was normal. I’m here to tell you that’s not good for anyone. Here’s the issue these days:

There isn’t a shortage of drivers (workers), there’s a shortage of people who are willing to work 70 to 80 hours per week, never be home, and have limited time off for $50K to $60K a year.

That is what is in short supply.

Working these ridiculous hours can cause mental burn out, depression, exhaustion, low hourly production, etc. It’s most certainly not good for your health, not to mention the toll it takes on your family life.

If you feel like you work all the time in your industry and have no time outside of that for what matters to you, maybe you need to re-evaluate your work/life balance.

If you would like help with an organizational life plan or would like to discuss your options, contact me at danagsmithconsulting@gmail.com.