When managers ask subordinates to take on an assignment, it is often a sign of their confidence in an employees’ abilities and reliability. The same goes for when colleagues ask each other for help. But sometimes those extra assignments can cause an employee to become less reliable if the workload becomes too burdensome. That can cause the quality of an employee’s work to falter or they are forced to work an insane amount of hours just to get caught up on their to-do list.
Yesterday, I heard disrespect loud and clear in the tone of voice used by my dental hygienist. She asked the receptionist who has a strong Russian accent, “What are you looking for?”
When famous cartoonist Carl “The Duckman” Barks coined the quote, “Work smarter, not harder,” in the 1930s, he may not have realized how it would apply to AI in our lives today. As a developed mindset for daily workflows, our constant drive to manage ourselves, along with others, all while developing healthy work habits, prioritizing, sustaining positive attitudes, accepting change, and creating focus time for ourselves, can seem far from this concept.