Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ?"The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.?"
Men and women, who lived through the depression in America, learned to appreciate the importance of earning a living. Because jobs were in short supply and money even more so, they felt good about working hard and bringing a paycheck home at the end of the week, when they did manage to find employment.
When they became parents, they passed on their work ethics to the next generation. They wanted their children to take pride in everything they accomplished. They educated them on the value of money and tried to explain how it was for them growing up.
When the age of computers came about, it brought with it, conveniences no one ever dreamed of before. People could converse with others miles, even continents away. They could buy groceries, shop for presents, purchase nearly anything, and have it all delivered, without ever leaving the house.
Social networking started to gain popularity. People could share information, their interests, and their hobbies, and even endorse their business with an enormous amount of people, simply by posting a message.
While the internet has its advantages, it also comes without a price. Many conveniences for today's generation have gradually become obsessions. Most people cannot wait to read messages left for them on forums, networking sites, or blogs. They also have trouble permitting a few hours to go by, without checking their websites to see how many hits they received, since the last time they checked. Browsing the internet and checking emails, have become an addiction that could reach epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, the majority of these people also have jobs.
It is unfortunate because today, too many people in the workplace are losing time and good judgment, by spending time on the internet when they should be working. As people find new ways to communicate, play games, shop, and express themselves on the World Wide Web, they find less time to put in a full day's work.
Their coworkers pick up the slack for them because they spend time doing anything other than the work employers pay them to do. The hard-working individuals then begin to resent those who are able to get away with doing less work for the same amount of pay. This makes employers unhappy and it makes the work environment unpleasant for everyone.
What employers, managers, and supervisors need to do is to set up an incentive program for quantity of work, as well as for quality. They need to set up meetings with their employees, to explain the importance of everyone working together to get the job done.
Most importantly, employers need to let their workers know that if they do not put in a full day's work, the company they work for could lose business, and they may lose their jobs.
Lack of income may be the only solution for people with little or no work ethics. Perhaps losing their jobs would make them begin to appreciate the value of working hard for their money. They may even turn their misfortune into a learning experience, and decide to pass on good work ethics to their children one day. Of course, if employers started letting go of everyone with lousy work ethics, they may find they do not have enough employees left, to run their business.
Additionally, if that were to happen to enough companies, America could find itself in the middle of another depression. The process would then repeat itself, with the exception of the internet, because people would not be able to afford computers, or to pay for the internet. This however would put people who work for computer companies, out of work and so on...
Distraction in the office is inevitable, but you can stay focused and put your work hours toward work-not toward looking for lost documents, surfing the Web or talking about last night's episode of "Survivor."
Regardless of your career, effective time management is essential to ensure an efficient and stress-free workday. There are many examples of effective time management strategies that can fit into any type of job, providing you with a plan for your project and unexpected surprises.