“Employees should keep their private lives and personal activities as separate as possible from the workplace.”
The article asserts that employees should keep private affairs from workplace as separate as possible. This is true in terms of assuring personal safety and promoting working environment; however, this claim is too extreme since it ignores such factors as expressing humanity and enhancing job performance; therefore, I am inclined to hold the view that employees should separate personal lives form workplace to some extent.
To begin with, as functions of some particular workplaces can be described as a relationship between consciousness and seriousness, labors working in these places would better not to bring abundant personal affairs into the job. The individual affairs, especially those having no connection to jobs, will abstract employees’ concentration and thus may cause working accidents. No need to mention great tragedy of Titanic sinking primarily caused by caption’s show-off attitude nor to remember the accidents happened in mining industry just because miners’ carelessness in contemporary society. Therefore, to avoid accidents and to keep security in considerable high-concentration workplaces, it is wise to separate private lives and personal activities from workplace.
Secondly, too strong affairs may not only influence personal performance but also affect colleagues, together leading to the damage of whole working environment. According to survey conducted recently, as women can easily become sentimental to surrounding incidents, about 15 percent more women were reported to have negative impact on colleagues than men did as women are more likely to express to colleagues their sad feelings about personal lives, including breaking up with boyfriend, having relative died or worrying about the kids. All these emotions also blue colleagues and the whole environment, which may lower productivity. Therefore, clearly, it is better for these employees to separate private lives and personal activities from workplace.
Conversely, we humans, in fact, cannot round and round the factory like machines without stopping, resting or thinking, so totally separating private lives and personal activities from workplace does not express humanity and obviously, is not available at all. Anyone who ignores the fact will lead to horrible consequence. Take Modern Time, a classic movie starring in Chaplin as an opposite example. The movie just describes an era of industrial revolution when employees, including Chaplin, must keep private lives and personal activities from workplace as separate as possible. The sad thing is that Chaplin was finally driven mad by this system. In consequence, employers should not require employees to separate private lives and personal activities from workplace to an extreme extent in order to show humanity to employees.
Apart from feeling humanity from workplace in mental aspects, employees can feel relaxation in physical aspects when bringing some kind of personal lives into workplace, leading to raising job performance and acquiring achievement. Such lives and activities as yoga, exercise or listening music relieve huge pressure in work and adapt employees to new challenge. Just as machines need lubricating oil, so do humans need rest.
In conclusion, I prefer to agree that employees should keep their private lives and personal activities from workplace to a modest extent since separating results in higher concentration while not separating shows humanity and raises job performance and achievement.
Thank you for your kind attention!
Last edited by ivyluanr; 10-21-2010 at 03:29 AM.
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