There is a parable here in Afghanistan about a mule and a well that speaks to the value of flexibility in our lives. Having fallen into a shallow well, an Afghan farmer’s mule brayed incessantly while the farmer and his son considered their options. After weighing the value of the animal, the son pointed out that burying the old mule might be the best choice. As they started to shovel dirt into the well, the mule brayed louder in protest, then suddenly…quieted down. The farmer looked into the well and noticed, to his surprise, the mule was shaking off each scoop of dirt and then stepping upon it. As they continued to push dirt into the well, the mule rose higher and eventually was able to climb out of the well . . . on his own.
As more employees seek a work/life balance, and as technology continues to improve—thereby shrinking the world we share–we might expect to see more companies implement strategies to provide flexibility in the workplace and reap the benefits that come along with it. Of course, another option is to just keep scooping dirt into the hole . . . and see what climbs out.
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