What ever happened to working 9 to 5? Now most people have mobile access to work emails and have mobile phones making them accessible 24/7 so there is no real limit on work time anymore. So much has changed in a relatively short period of time - technology has changed the way we work and how we can be contacted. Is this a good thing?
I first learned to type on an old typewriter – if you made a mistake you started again! Then computers arrived and we could type letters, memos etc on a computer and it was a fabulous invention – if you made a mistake you simply corrected the error and moved on. Although, at that stage, we were working on a DOS system, there was no such thing as Windows. I also learned shorthand which I used regularly, does anyone use shorthand anymore? Ok, please tell me someone is nodding their head and saying yes, I remember that! Otherwise, I’m going to feel like a dinosaur!!
Anyway, as times and technology have changed we have needed to adapt and change with it. We moved from DOS to Windows, from WordPerfect to Word and then came email! How excited were we to find that we could communicate without writing a formal letter for everything. It’s a shame in a way because a lot of the formal letters were well thought out, articulated well and the use of language lovely. Now emails are short, to the point, and the use of language (and sometimes the abbreviation of language) disappointing. Let’s not discuss the way text messages are written… that’s a whole other topic!
Changing times and changing technology has impacted our roles too. I started as a traditional secretary and now I work as a virtual assistant… I’d never heard of a virtual assistant until a couple of years ago! Things couldn’t be more different! The use of the cloud and various apps that are available have allowed me to support people from my home office and it allows many others to work from home as well. I still transcribe documents but not from my shorthand notes, I still send out letters but now they go out electronically, I still schedule appointments but the diary is no longer paper.
I guess I’m feeling a little nostalgic for a simpler time when we worked from 9 to 5 and you weren’t expected to work beyond that. Even feeling a little nostalgic, I’m grateful for the changes and the technology because it means that I can still provide support as a personal assistant but I do it ‘virtually’ which allows me to help more people and still have a work/ life balance. Is there anything you miss about the old 9 to 5 days?
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