Work loneliness - also known as the famous solitude in command - is no longer just a suffering of managers. Nowadays the Labor flexibility, cost reduction, change in business models and individual meritocracy, They provoke multiple circumstances that make us all have to work more alone than ever. In addition, in a country like Spain, this solitude in the leadership is accentuated when not being, for a culture issue, accustomed to that more individual work.
When Hofstede it studies the cultural differences between, for example, Spain and the USA, clear distances are detected between the degree of collectivism versus the individualisms of each other. Perhaps to date this difference was mitigated by the business environment of each country; however, the growing tendency to homogenize work practices causes this circumstance, loneliness, to be more palpable in more situations.
And, every time, there is much more talk about the subject. If we look, for example, at the magazine Harvard Business Review, We can find specific articles that tell us about:
- The loneliness of those workers who are destined to travel frequently alone
- Loneliness as an exit argument for talent, usually also "burned"
- The loneliness suffered by women who join the work after their maternity leave
- The loneliness that telework generates
- The loneliness of managers vs. the power they acquire in their responsibilities
- The loneliness of entrepreneurs
In short, we are facing a new labor stage that we can fight or not. And I say "or not" because, As professionals, we must think about what we really want and assume the consequences that entails.
And it is that, it is easy and lawful, as a professional, to want to promote, telework, travel and assume greater responsibilities; but when we bet on a certain professional career, we must assume and be coherent with what we have decided. When deciding, we choose, and, without a doubt, this will bring a series of advantages and a series of "disadvantages".
Therefore, It is good to stop to think about what kind of activities make us really happy and - beyond social clichés - to bet on what makes us live with hope. Maybe we have to reduce the income, the responsibilities, the upward career, but, maybe, we will be happier.
What is absurd is to fight for something that we are supposed to want and realize that it is not what we really wanted. They already say it, "nobody gives hard to pesetas"; and is that (now more than ever) to define the labor model that is wanted, it is easier than in the last 21 centuries of history. Let's take it, but let's think about it before. Let's reflect on what degree of solitude in command we are capable of assuming; that the higher we get in the pyramid of organizations, the more alone we will be and that, to greater responsibility, more silence, more reflection and less sharing.
In short, it is about ensuring coherence, justice, equity and the common good of the organization, accepting that responsibility implies solitude and knowing that, If we want to win one thing, we must assume to lose many other.