Terri R. Kurtzberg, contributor in YoungUpstarts on work "bleeding" into home-life

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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Creating Effective Digital Habits for Yourself And Your Company

By Terri R. Kurtzberg and Jennifer L. Gibbs, co-authors of Distracted: Staying Connected without Losing Focus

As an entrepreneur, you will likely end up with two completely different jobs. One is to produce or offer something that the world values and thus create a line of revenue. But in addition, you also hope to end up in the position of having to manage other people, and thus will need to set the tone for a company as it grows and thrives, to decide what rules and behaviors will work best not just for you but for others who will look to you to make these kinds of decisions.

One of the tricky areas to get right in today's world is the balance between being connected to work through our wireless devices and protecting some pure time off. By now, this is probably a familiar tension for nearly everyone — while being able to keep tabs on work even while out of the office creates some impressive freedoms, it also strips us of having any reliable down-time, as emails and messages creep into our nights, weekends, and even vacations.

Some people defend this "bleeding" of work into home-life, stating that addressing things as they arise allows for so much more efficiency, and prevents a miserable stacking-up of messages and tasks upon return to the office.

Others just hate the intrusion and resent the colleagues and bosses who expect round-the-clock attention and fast response rates.

Many people feel pressure to keep up this pace only because others are doing so.

Terri R. Kurtzberg, PhD is associate professor of management and global business at Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick, NJ and Jennifer L. Gibbs, PhD, is associate professor of communication at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information in New Brunswick, NJ. They are co-authors of Distracted: Staying Connected without Losing Focus.

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