An Ode to Agile Working (Flexible working just wouldn’t scan)

I know you come in early, to get your favourite seat.
It’s not far from the window, but not too near the heat.

You were told with new found freedom, you’d be flexible and free,
But you’d rather do what you’ve always done, and ignore the powers that be.

You were told that agile working, would put you in control.
But the hours that you’re working, have begun to take their toll.

You’ve seen the latest research, about the stress that work creates,
But it’s hard to change and slow things down, you can’t let down your mates.

You’ve seen the latest email, about the need to up your game,
And that things must get better, they just can’t stay the same.

You were told that agile working, would put you in control.
But the hours that you’re working, have begun to take their toll.

So you carry on regardless, because you’ve made up your mind,
You’ve got to run with the Gen Y kids, and not get left behind.

This is not what you signed up for, you don’t know what to do.
You’re stressed, you’re tired, you’re overworked, if only someone knew.

You were told that agile working, would put you in control.
But the hours that you’re working, have begun to take their toll.

So you take a break in Starbucks, but can’t avoid your team,
You can’t help but to listen in, and wish it were a dream.

You remember rather fondly, of the days of 9 to 5,
When you saw your kids and walked the dog, and actually felt alive.

You were told that agile working, would put you in control.
But the hours that you’re working, have begun to take their toll.

You’re looking for an answer, you don’t know what to do
To take control you’ve got to change, and change begins with you.

So now’s the time to reassess, and think about what matters,
It’s time for you to take control, before your life’s in tatters

I know that agile working, can put you in control,
But it’s up to you to change your ways, before it takes it toll.

Taken at a train station in Holland

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