Kevin Lanahan

Wonderful discussion. +1

I see that the people that rise in most organizations tend to be

  • single or
  • childless/empty-nesters or
  • people with a spouse willing to have separate lives

The fact is that business/government rewards those who are willing to spend all their time for the organization, to the expense of everything else. Great for the organization, bad for the person.

It’s an interesting dynamic. In my agency, we regulation hunting and fishing, and claim to value employees with a strong interest in outdoor activities. Then we keep them so busy that they don’t have time to do those things anymore. So the agency is keeping the employee from doing the very thing that helps make them a valuable employee.

Perhaps this is the logical outgrowth of the change from “personnel” to “human resources”. How soon before we are simply “meatware”?