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Your Job is not Worth my Life

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The article is titled “10 ways You Didn’t Know LinkedIn Could Find You a Job.” It does contains some useful information. And, some very troubling advice as well.

For point six, the author of the article advises that you directly contact hiring managers using LinkedIn. Pretty good advice. He then quotes Bob Bentz president of a mobile marketing agency as follows: “I recommend sending a LinkedIn message on Sunday. C-level executives usually spend Sunday night preparing for the week ahead, and one thing they do is check their LinkedIn page. They’ll be impressed by the fact you’re working on a Sunday.”

Let’s examine this for a moment. Let’s begin by asking the employers: Would you be impressed with an employee of yours working on a Sunday? Or any other non-work day? Why?

No, I really want to know. What is “impressive” about this? Is it impressive that your employees are so overworked they can’t get everything they need to do done during the week? Is it impressive that your employees believe that unless they work on non-work days as well they might be perceived as lazy and be fired?

If you’re an employer, you should not be impressed by this but troubled. Troubled because you have a work environment which is harming your employees and probably not providing first rate customer service either. Is your work so important that you demand that your staff take valuable time away from their families? Is your work so important that it requires a sacrifice of one’s entire life?

I know money, profit, career. All those things are supposed to be so important. So important that we demand employees who will gladly work away the rest of their lives in service to these goals. But, as Henry David Thoreau once said, "I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. If I should sell my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for."

Your job is not worth my time. Not worth my family’s time. Nothing you are doing is so important that it should require me to sell my forenoons and afternoons. And evenings. And weekends. And my child’s time. And my spouse’s. And on and on and on.

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