Wharton Professor Stew Friedman teaches this online course on "Better Leader, Richer Life," in Penn's Open Learning Initiative. The course, which willl run from February 8 through April 23, 2015, was the second-highest rated MOOC offering at Penn last year and has been endorsed by Poets and Quants.
This shows how bewildering paid leave has become. The conventional way most people think of it -- established time off for vacation (which increases the longer someone works at one place), sick days and maybe a few personal days thrown in -- is changing. But with that shift, it's not always clear what employees are gaining and what they are losing.
In her article, Juliet Bourke (Partner, Human Capital at Deloitte Australia) considers our complicity in creating and maintaining the overwhelmed employee (in ourselves and others). She considers some hindering methods of work, and encourages us to use technology wisely, hold meaningful meetings, be creative, and ultimately, be more productive.
"More people are foregoing a lengthy commute and working from home. Whether you are a full-time freelancer or the occasional telecommuter, working outside an office can be a challenge. What are the best ways to set yourself up for success? How do you stay focused and productive? And how do you keep your work life separate from your home life?"