Do your Internet habits hold you back, or help you succeed?
In theory, technology should increase both work flexibility and productivity, but it is also responsible for procrastination and a major threat to people’s work-life balance.
In fact, much of the recent debate about work-life imbalance is concerned with our relationship with technology, in particular our inability to disconnect or go offline.
For example, in the U.S. almost 50% of working adults report being “hooked” on email, which is estimated to cost the nation’s economy at least $900 billion a year in productivity loss. According to consulting firm McKinsey & Company, professionals spend 28% of their work time reading or answering emails. These statistics explain the international success of bestselling books like The Four Hour Work Week.
Furthermore, even people who manage to keep their email addiction in check are prone to getting hooked on other sites or apps, such as Facebook or Twitter, with a growing number of people trying social media sabbatical, where they detox from these sites for a couple of months or so. Needless to say, our digital excesses may harm not just our productivity but also our personal relationships with others, especially if they demand exclusive attention from the physical world.
So how can we better manage our web-life balance? Here are four practical suggestions you may want to consider:
i am awake and i really don’t want to be
Story of my life
So…I’m lucky enough to live in a state/teach in a district where having a master’s degree makes a difference in what I make each year. Additionally, my years of experience affect my earnings. However, if I had stayed someone with just a bachelor’s degree, I’d be making $5,816 less this year (before taxes). Yup…my Master’s degree makes a difference. I can’t wait though until the difference is equal to what the master’s degree cost. (Luckily, I attended a state school and the master’s degree wasn’t super expensive).
My salary doesn’t fit into this schedule but it does make me feel a little bit better about my future financial prospects when I move back to my home state at the end of next school year. Going from Indiana to Ohio boosts the average earnings by close to 4k…
I have a Masters and ten years in and I’m nowhere near the average for my state, nor will my final step come anywhere near what the schedule lists for me. When I earned my Masters degree, part time while teaching full time, it got me a a bit less than 1k more on the step scale.
Your comments made me sad and then reading the report made me sadder and then thinking about how much I’m earning made me grab a cat and hug the feels away.
But I love my job. Really.
The content of this study is mind-boggling to me. I know that economic realities are quite different in different places, and that things like the cost of real estate also differ from place to place (where I live, the average single-family home is $435,534 and the average condo is about $254,000), which I think needs to be taken into consideration in order to paint a more complete picture.
However, I will say this: Any country that values public education so little is going to regret the de-professionalization of education systems. Public education is the single most important investment we can make in our society, and it is shameful that teachers are not treated better.
For reference, full disclosure: In my school board, the starting salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree only is $58,158. For someone at the end of their career, with 6 years of post-secondary education (our district maximum for salary purposes), the max salary is $99,119. As a single 27-year old, I was able to buy a house 4 years ago for $259,000 after 4 years experience teaching, and am living rather comfortably despite having incurred $57,000 in debt to complete my Masters’ degree in 2012-2013
Uhhh….your bachelor’s starting salary is more than the Master’s top salary when we had a salary schedule.
As a leader are you encouraging teachers (and are teachers encouraging students) to take risks? To be brave, bold and step out of that comfort zone? In terms of technology and social media, I think of it this way: Don’t deny the existence, invest in the potential.
If schools were to choose graduate students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs based on each student’s character rather than standardized test scores, they would drastically improve the success of admitted students, and also boost the participation of women and minorities.
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