In the 11 years since our company's founding, our team has worked 40 hour work weeks, never weekends, and we've never denied a vacation request. We don't have "work from home" options, we don't supply our team cellphones and laptops, and we chastise our team if they are caught checking email while on vacation. Most organizations that claim "work flexibility" are really saying: "We give you all these things so that you are available for work 24/7.) Their children then see parents checking email on their smartphones while eating dinner, and sitting on the beach with their laptop. We still meet our deadlines because we have organized our work style in such a way that if we need more done we can add more people, or shift them from lower priority work to higher priority work.
There is so much talk these days about "sustainability:" economies, ecologies, energy sources, food sources, climates, beaches, forests, habitats, etc. It is time we shift at least a portion of this discussion to "human sustainability."
Often the pace we work at is for so little. Most of the projects in my industry (the industry of designing and developing software) that operate in "death march" mode fail to ever see the light of day.
I appreciate the impetus of this openIDEO effort. I look forward to being a positive contributor to the ideation within this conversation.