This is a new one on me. Apparently employers are just dying to find ‘zero drag’ employees. These employees, according to www.urbandictionary.com, are highly motivated people with few personal responsibilities. The great attraction of these young, single, childless employees is that they can work long hours, travel all over the globe and be summoned into the office at the drop of a hat. To really dip down into a minus co-efficient, you need to find yourself a partner, have a few kids, add in a dog and a cat, elderly parents and a serious commitment to the gym.
It seems the term has been around for quite a while. Maybe it passed me by as I tick none of the required boxes, and at various times in my life, have probably ticked all the undesirable ones (except the gym one, obviously).
I am surely not alone in wanting to have a life outside the workplace?
Interesting that according to a recent email from a training company I’m in touch with, the credit crunch appears to have resulted in a sudden influx of enquiries from people seeking a different way of working and living.
Interesting too that the boss of an outrageously successful US hedge fund, Andrew Lahde, has quit the financial world at 37. (The Guardian, October 18th.) In his farewell letter, he describes financiers’ lives as back-to-back appointments relieved only by a two-week annual holiday spent “glued to their Blackberries”.
Lahde’s words of advice to those he leaves behind? “Throw the Blackberry away and enjoy life.” (It has to be said, that if you can afford to retire at 37, you would say that, wouldn’t you?)
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