Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Weisure Way of Life


Seems that the line dividing work and leisure is thinning. More people are finding themselves dealing with work issues beyond the so-called the 7 day a week boundary.

This trend is being called Weisure Time - a phrase that blends the words leisure and work literally as well as figuratively.

Some who live the weisure life don't mind the blurring of roles while others struggle with it. Sociologist, Dalton Conley, who coined the phrase Weisure Time, thinks that the trend is a negative one. "We lose our so-called private sphere. There's less relaxing time to be our so-called backstage selves when we're always mingling work and leisure."

Conley believes that economic anxiety is at the root of the weisure lifestyle. Financial concerns appear to be driving many of us to bend and blend work and home life - and even vacation time.

I find myself doing a lot more work when I'm home than ever before.

What about you?


16 comments:

Faycin A Croud said...

I can see where the knife cuts both ways. However, I am so sick of punching a time clock that I'd be willing to try should the opportunity present itself!

~Just me again~ said...

It's really sad the way the world is going. Even on the train home from work, people are texting, talking on the phone, on their laptop...doesn't anyone just sit and relax anymore?

Xmichra said...

I do the weisure time for sure, but I like it. I am one of those people who would rather do what I need to do in the comfort of my own home, or equally get whatever done in my own time and still be at home for my family.

To me, with these sorts of things it comes down to "Quality of Life". if you find yourself at work more than at home (mentally or physicallY) it can be a huge problem. When weisure time is demanded rather than you taking it upon yourself to free up time or be somewhere that you would rather be... well that is a different story.

I like being at my office. But I equally like getting paid on the weekend to be on-call, and literally only haveing a phone call to answer rather than sit in the office and miss my whole weekend. I like being able to leave my work early to pick up my girls, and finish up a report at home so I am not swamped the next day. I like that I can learn my programs and systems from an on-line source while in the comfort of my couch, rather than sit at a desk and be bored and uncomfortable.

its about the qulity aspect, as I see it. So I can totally see how we bring our work home with us more and more.

jumpinginpuddles said...

nope we go to work and dont bring work home, its a rule we dont break. We also dont add workmates/collegues to facebook or twitter or any other personal part of our life, work is work and play is play

Dawn said...

Fortunately, with this job I have been quite successful at keeping my work life at work. However, my boyfriend sometimes does get calls at our home from his work when he has scheduled days off and occasionally has to go in on a Saturday to do this or that. As long as it doesn't bother him then I'm okay with it too.

Angeliki said...

I do the weisure time big times. My job is flexible so I can do it whenever I like which means I end up working pretty much all day. I love my work so I don't mind that but I do spend less time with people I love and that's a very good reason for me to cut back and put some boundaries.

Deb said...

I always mingle work with leisure, only because my once hobby has now turned into a job. When I used to work for a corporate business in a cubical, I chose to leave work, at work. My cell phone was usually off. When we went to our beach house for vacation - no cell phones were turned on, no TV, no anything but the sounds of crashing waves. Your time off should be just that.

Dr. Deb said...

Faycin,
I agree with you, it cuts both ways.

Just me,
I can sit and relax like no one else. But, yes, many people seem to use technology nonstop these days.

Xmichra,
It seems that weisure can be a good or bad thing, depending on each person. As Einstein said, it's all relative.

JIP,
I think the important thing here is to do what suits you. If keeping a boundary between work and play is meaningful for you, than that's great. I'm seeing from many of the comments that some people like the weisure lifestyle.

Dawn,
I think when it comes to work or leisure time, it should be what suits you best. A personal choice. Sounds like you life having the boundary.

Angeliki,
I know many people who work from home and blend their day in that way. As long as it doesn't bother you, or make you feel thwarted, so be it, right?

Deb,
I am not minding the weisure experience, but then again, it is not taking over my down time. I do like, though, having the get away from it all experience when I'm on vacation.

Adam Glenn said...

I work from home, so I definitely feel this way a lot. It's really hard to separate my work and leisure time...

Kahless said...

Yep. Blackberry's and laptops are not conducive to keeping a firm line between work and leisure.

SeaSpray said...

My older son is always having to take calls from clients in computer networking company.

I agree with you Just me again.

Happy Easter Dr Deb! :)

HP said...

Weisure...sometimes it's unavoidable dependent on what you do...much prefer husband does his after-hours support from home than be stuck in an office..same for me, if a client is crisis, no point me finding out next working day!

Barbara said...

I'm unemployed for the second time since 2009.

Barbara K. said...

I think technology has blurred and will continue to blur the lines between work and play. And it's not just that we work during play time; we also play during work time. I think it balances out.

But what is missing from the equation is nothing time. This is the time for deep replenishment and the emergence of wonder and the unexpected.

Jamie said...

I have to make a real effort not to do work from home if it isn't necessary. The last few weeks I've been working so much that this weekend I had to make myself not log on to my work account. Sometimes it's just too stressful being connected all the time. One of my new favourite vacation places is where there is no cell or internet connection - just to unplug!

Wanda's Wings said...

I worked far to hard. Always working weekends and being on call. Looking back I wish I had been more of a 9 to 5.